Michele Bennett is an award-winning producer, who boasts an impressive oeuvre across a breadth of fields. Her extensive career has included feature films, television series, shorts, music videos, documentaries and commercials.
Bennett began producing music videos for such iconic artists as INXS, U2, Prince, Silverchair, Foo Fighters and many other noted Australian artists, winning multiple ARIA Awards as a result. Her production credits include the documentaries Lovetown for
U2 and Welcome to Wherever You Are for INXS as well as Leonard Cohen’s I’m Your Man.
In 1991 she founded Cherub Pictures, which in its time produced music videos, documentaries, commercials and feature films and developed the careers of many of Australia’s top and up-and-coming directors. This included John Curran, Andrew Dominik, Nash Edgerton, Justin Kurzel and Samantha Lang.
In 2000 Bennett produced the international cult hit and Australian box office success Chopper starring Eric Bana and directed by Andrew Dominik. The film went on to be nominated for nine AFI Awards, winning three and was nominated at the British Independent Film Awards for Best Foreign Independent Film - English Language.
Bennett picked up the Best Film award, at the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards. She went on to produce the critically acclaimed cult mockumentary The Magician, along with Nash Edgerton. Written and directed by Scott Ryan, it was nominated for a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award and an Inside Film (IF) Award in 2005.
In 2009 she produced Drift, directed by Ben Nott and Morgan O’Neill and starring Myles
Pollard, Sam Worthington and Xavier Samuel. Prior to Mr Inbetween, she executive produced the 2014 feature film, The Mule, directed by Tony Mahony and Angus Sampson and starring Hugo Weaving, Ewen Leslie and Noni Hazlehurst.
Bennett is in development on a few projects and is currently in post-production on the feature film Judy and Punch, with writer/director Mirrah Foulkes. Due for release in 2019, this will pair her up again with long-time collaborator Nash Edgerton and also with Vice Media’s Danny Gabai. Mia Wasikowska and Damon Herriman are the leads.