Manila-born Adelaide-raised filmmaker Michael Clarkin is an award-winning creative producer described by the Australian daily online trade publication Screen Hub as “a producer with a sharp eye for process and possibilities.”
Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Adelaide. A Churchill Fellow, in 2007 Michael worked at New York independent film production company This is That Corp (‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, ‘21 Grams’) with legendary producer Ted Hope.
Michael’s latest short film production Smashed starred Harrison Gilbertson and Toby Wallace and was directed by Sean Lahiff. ‘Smashed’ premiered at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival; had its Spanish premiere at 2017 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival and had its New York premiere at the opening night of the 2018 Philip Dick international Film Festival. Smashed screened at Australian festivals including Sydney, Adelaide, Flickerfest and St Kilda.
During its international festival run, ‘Smashed’ earned several awards winning an unprecedented five South Australian Screen Awards including the South Australian Film Corporation Award for ‘Best Short’ and ‘Best Director’ for Sean Lahiff. ‘Smashed’ was also judged ‘Best Film’ at the inaugural 2018 Stellar Film Festival in Melbourne, Victoria by a panel including noted Australia director Nadia Tass.
Michael’s previous collaboration with Sean Lahiff ‘Too Dark’ was a Grand Jury Prize nominee at the 2016 Seattle International Shorts Festival.
Michael believes believes that ‘The Boy Soldier’ will leave a profound impact on festival audiences around the globe and the project is already being tracked by numerous festival programmers of note.