Michele Bennett is an award-winning producer who boasts an impressive oeuvre across a breadth of fields. Her extensive career has included work on feature films, television series, shorts, music videos, documentaries and commercials.
Bennett has produced music videos for iconic artists including INXS, U2, Prince, Foo Fighters and many other notable Australian artists. She has won multiple ARIA Awards. Additionally, her production credits include documentaries Lovetown for U2 and Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man.
In 1991, she founded Cherub Pictures, which produced music videos, commercials, documentaries and feature films and developed the careers of many of Australia’s top and up-and-coming directors. This included John Curran (Chappaquiddick), Andrew Dominik (Chopper), Nash Edgerton (Gringo) and Justin Kurzel (Macbeth).
In 2000, Bennett produced the international cult hit and Australian box office success Chopper, starring Eric Bana. Chopper was nominated for nine AFI Awards and won three. It was also nominated at the British Independent Film Awards for Best Foreign Independent Film - English Language and awarded Best Film at the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards.
Bennett went on to produce the highly acclaimed mockumentary The Magician with Nash Edgerton. Written and directed by Scott Ryan, it was nominated for a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award and an Inside Film Award in 2005. The film has since been adapted into Mr Inbetween for FX Networks. Mr Inbetween premiered at Sundance and for its first season, earned Series Production of the Year at the Screen Producers Australia Awards, along with six AACTA Award nominations including Best Television Drama, Best Direction and Best Lead Actor.
In 2009, Bennett produced Drift, directed by Ben Nott and Morgan O’Neill and starring Myles Pollard and Sam Worthington. She is the executive producer of the 2014 feature film The Mule, directed by Tony Mahony and Angus Sampson and starring Hugo Weaving, Ewen Leslie and Noni Hazlehurst.
Bennett’s recent feature film, Judy and Punch, premiered at Sundance 2019. Judy and Punch is written and directed by Mirrah Foulkes and stars Mia Wasikowska and Damon Herriman.