BRENDAN LAVELLE - Cinematographer
Has worked professionally in the Australian Film and TV industry since 1980. He began as a stills photographer in the advertising and theatre world, beginning his film career with director Paul Cox as a documentary camera operator. After several years of working with Cox, culminating in the 1987 feature film, The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh, he pursued a freelance career as a cinematographer.
Concentrating on TV drama, career highlights include Ponderosa, US series on HD Video (an Australian first in 2001); Law of the Land (two series) and Stingers (three series) for the Nine Network; Murder Call (one series as second unit director/cinematographer), The Secret Life of Us (four series) for Network Ten; House Gang for SBS; East of Everything (two series), Bluewater High (one series) and The Gods of Wheat Street for ABC Television.
He also completed the feature films, Mallboy and Holidays On The River Yarra. Both films screened at the Cannes Film Festival, Directors Fortnight and many other international festivals.
In recent years Brendan has been increasingly involved with screen education. He has presented workshops around Australia for AFTRS Open Program, Swinburne University, RMIT, Open Channel, JMC Academy, Australian Cinematographers Society and VCA.