Just Completed

Paul Kelly: Stories of Me

JURLIQUE PROMOTION: 2012

A shoot at the Jurlique Farm in the Adelaide Hills. Developed using Rudolph Steiner principles, ensuring biodiversity and totally natural ingredients for their skin-care products. Simon shot on the Canon 5D. Edited with style by Michael O’Rourke

NUROFEN for children COMMERCIAL: 2012

Directed by Diana Leach. Mothers sing the praises of Nurofen for their children. DOP: Justine Kerrigan, Simon was Second Unit DOP. For Streetlife Films and EURO RSCG

 

Paul Kelly: Stories of Me – Shark Island PRODUCTIONS 2012

Feature length, partly dramatised documentary exploring the life and career of the Australian singer-songwriter, Paul Kelly. Cinema release. Shot on Canon 5 D cameras, with film sequences. Extensive interviews with Paul Kelly’s family, bands and contemporaries, such as Deborah Conway, Archie Roach, Renee Geyer, director Rachel Perkins and Megan Washington, and Paul Kelly. Also some pretty exciting rehearsal and performance footage, including The Falls Festival at Lorne in 2010. In final post-production at the moment, with premiere at a major Australian Film Festival in 2012.

Director/Producer: Ian Darling  DOP Simon Smith Co-cinematographers: Ben Cunningham,  Ray Argall Sound Recordist: Nick Batterham Editor: Sally Fryer

Jack the Ripper: Prime Suspect – Prospero Prods 2011

A new suspect in the Jack the Ripper case after 120 years: and he has an Australian connection. Shot in Australia and the UK, this docudrama tells the story of Frederick Deeming, serial killer, with flashbacks to the Whitechapel murders, and dramatic reconstructions of the investigations. Shot in HD. Premiered on UK TV in Britain, March 2012, and was the third most watched programme of the week. Also to be screened by the Seven Network and Discovery Canada in 2012

 

Director: Franco Di Chiera Producer: Julia Redwood  DOP Simon Smith Sound Recordist: Ash Charlton

Completed

In Their Footsteps – Shine Australia 2011

Two episodes of a Landmark Channel 9 TV documentary series, taking young people to the places their forebears fought and died. Includes: Kokoda Track and the air war over Malta, including air-to-air shooting of a Spitfire over the fields of England. Shot in HD. Director: Tim Minchin, DOP Simon Smith Sound Recordist: James Petch

 

Last Stand at Nymboida – Red Cedar Productions 2010

The Nymboida Coal Mine, on the brink of being closed down by its owners, was saved by the workers and their Union. They bought the mine and kept it running, a world first. Shot In HD and on film. Director: Jeff Bird Producer: Kerry Herman DOP Simon Smith Sound Recordist: Ben Cunningham

Life at Five – Heiress Productions 2010

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In the tradition of Seven Up, we

Daniel and his new sister

follow the lives of a dozen children from all parts of Australia, as they grow and develop. Beautiful observational documentary series. Director: Andrea Ulbrick Prod Jennifer Cummins Sound recordist: Leo Sullivan

 

LIVING THE END- CORDELL JIGSAW 2010

Simon and director Jen Peedom spent 2 months at the Sacred Heart Hospice in Darlinghurst, Sydney. They got to know the dedicated staff and extraordinary patients. Mark, Robert and Katie are facing enormous challenges: and their own mortality.

Produced by Michael Cordell for SBS

The Snowman – Pony Films 2010

A lost father, a 30 year old conspiracy, a daughter’s journey to discover truth Director: Juliet Lamont, Prod: Rachel Landers. WINNER: Sydney Film Festival 2010: Best Documentary

Are You My Mother? – Screenworld 2009

Inter-country adoption. 2 young Australian women travel to their birth countries, Romania and the Philippines, in search of their mothers. Harrowing but inspiring stories, as much about the mothers and their lives, as the children they gave up for adoption, to other families and distant cultures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Director of the Romanian episode: Andrea Ulbrick

Director of the Phillipines episode: Ili Bare

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE THE INCREDIBLY TRUE STORY OF THE HUGHES FAMILY 2009

Superb, funny, colourful story of 4 generations of the Hughes family: from ventriloquist Richard, to foreign correspondent and possible spy Richard Jnr (model for Ian Fleming’s James Bond) to jazzman Dick, to Christa: the raucous and irrepressible performer. Shot in Hong Kong, Australia and Europe.Directed with verve by Brendan Young, produced by Ruth Cullen. Sound recordist: Leo Sullivan Winner of AFI Award 2010 for Best Documentary.

I, Psychopath – Magic Real 2008

There are more psychopaths working and living among us than we realise. Sam is one of them. We follow him across Europe, as he lays his brain and psyche open for study. fascinating and disturbing, both to shoot and watch. Director: Ian Walker DOP Simon Smith

RIVER OF NO RETURN – SBS 2008

In the Arnhem Land indigenous community of Ramingining, the young Frances watched the  films of Marilyn Monroe, and dreamed that one day she would become a star of the Silver Screen.  30 years later, with a part in the ground-breaking feature film by Rolf DeHeer, “Ten Canoes” she got her wish. We follow her as she attempts to build her career further. A tough road…. Directed by Darlene Johnson, Produced by Pat Fiske for SBS. DOP Simon Smith Sound: James Currie


Robot Revolution – Essential Viewing 2008

The crew and cherry blossoms

Australian scientist Rodney Brooks and his team at MIT Boston, are racing to complete the world’s first autonomous robot. The Japanese will embrace it, but will the rest of the world? Director: Andrea Ulbrick Producer Chris Hilton Cinematographers: Denson Baker and Simon Smith Sound recordist: Gary Hampden

Boomers – Screenworld 2008

A glimpse into the future. As the world’s women have babies later, and fewer of them, there will be a bubble of elderly people, and a smaller and smaller group of young people working to support them. Italy/UK/China/Aust shoots Directors: Malcolm McDonald, Ili Bare

In The Company of Actors – Shark Island Films 2007

Will New York take to a Norwegian classic rendered in Australian idiom by Aussie actors? Even if they are led by screen goddess Cate Blanchett? Backstage and personal look at the talent of the actor. reality/documentary Director: Ian Darling, DOP Simon Smith Sound Recordist: Leo Sullivan  Official Selection Sydney film Festival 2007 Winner: Silver Award ACS Awards 2007 for Cinematography of a documentary.

The Real World – MTV US 2007

The world’s original reality production. Seven young Americans are thrown into a house in Sydney, and into an unfamiliar culture. Profound moments? Or an opportunity for America to see how ugly it is? Four months of rigorous round the clock shooting. Director: Trisha Boyd for Bunim/Murray US. With a crew made up of Australians and Americans. An intense and fun cultural melting pot! DOP Kaye Harrison. Simon was tested to the limit shooting nights for the duration, but found the experience fantastic.

Frank and Daz – SBS

Daz has Cerebral Palsy. He was given up as a vegetable by doctors in his childhood. Against the odds, he has learnt to walk, to speak and to run. With his friend Frank to help him, he takes on New York in the Marathon. A modern day Midnight Cowboy pair on the streets and subways of the Big Apple. Director: Judy Reimer Producer: Bevan Childs for Rymer Childs and SBS TV

Race to the Beach – BBC 2007

Following the riots of 2005 at Cronulla Beach, a group of young Muslim Australians start training to become that most Australian icon: the Surf Lifesaver. reality/documentary Director: Alan Erson for Serendipity Productions/BBC. Simon was DOP

The Pursuit of Excellence – PBS 2006

A quirky series of documentaries following people realising their dreams, from synchronised swimmers to hairdressers. USA/Russia Director: Mark Lewis for PBS US DOP: Simon Smith Sound Recordist: Tony Turner Winner: Silver Award ACS Awards 2007

Two of Us – Cordell/Jigsaw 2005

In a series that mixes reality and the stylised, we look at a series of unusual friendships. Spanning the horrors of the Holocaust, Australian detention centres, tattooists, strippers and greyhound racing. Directors:Brendan Young, Ruth Cullen, Jane Manning, Jane Schneider

Nerves of Steel – Film Australia 2006

We watch a group of Australian girls honed in the science of the sport Skeleton. That’s sliding down a bobsled track at 160kph. Face first. Up close look at the harrowing process of Olympic trials in the Italian Alps. Director: Andrea Ullbrick, DOP Simon Smith

Selected Previous Credits

Tribal Life – Bunlap Discovery Channel 2005

Four part reality series following the lives of the people of the village Bunlap in Vanuatu. Remote from civilisation. No clothes, running water, TV, electricity. But a resourceful, funny, beautiful people. Director: Malcolm McDonald Cinematography: Malcolm McDonald, Simon Smith.

Vietnam Symphony – Film Australia 2005

Tells the story of the Hanoi Music Conservatoire, and how its students endured the bombing of the city, digging down to create an underground school. Resilience…and forgiveness after the war. Director: Tom Zubryki Producer: Kerry Herman, DOP Simon Smith Sound Recordist: Leo Sullivan Winner ACS Highly Commended Award for Cinematography 2005

The Colony – Hilton/Cordell 2005

Reality series taking 3 families and placing them in the conditions of early colonial Sydney. SBS/Irish Television Director Malcolm Mc Donald (one of 4 cinematographers)

Dope: The Science of Champions – Hilton/Cordell Films 2004

A forensic detective story. The race to push athletes faster, using science; and the race to catch the cheats, in the lead up to the Summer Olympics. ABC/Discovery/CBC Director: Alan Erson

Missing – Pony Films/SBS 2004

Four part reality series, following different aspects of the missing person. From the Missing Persons Unit, to the effect on families, and the tracing of lost relatives of Aborigines. Director: Rachel Landers

The Riddle of the Bradshaws – Iguana Films/ABC 2004

The ancient rock art of the Kimberleys, extraordinary art that gives some insight into the culture of the time. And the driven man who has discovered and tracked and documented this art for a lifetime. Director: Paul Roy

A Girl, A Horse, A Dream – Pony Films/SBS 2003

Follows Australia’s leading female jockey Bernadette Cooper thru a tough season of wins and losses. A spirited female in a world that is still male. Director: Rachel Landers

Surviving Shepherds Pie – SBS 2001

A look at the lives of four feisty women of the outback. The particular strengths that led them to their lives, and helped them endure. Director: Diana Leach Sound Recordist Paul Finlay AFI Nominee: best cinematography in a non-feature film

Painting Country – NHK Japan/Electric Pictures/SBS 2000

Shot on HDTV, it follows a group of artists from the Aboriginal Community of Balgo, as they travel their country: the Great Sandy Desert. Director: Sally Singleton, Producer Robin Eastwood, Sound Recordist: Laurie Chlanda.

First Mission – Iguana Films/ABC 1999

The Red Cross sends volunteers across the world every year. Here we follow Australians, as they are sent to refugee camps and hospitals in Tanzania and Kenya. The challenges they face. The inevitable moment when everything falls apart. Director: Paul Roy

Music videos

Jimmy Barnes Thankful for the Rain

2000 ACS Gold Award for Cinematography

Jimmy Barnes Love and Hate 1999

Dannii Minogue Everlasting Night

Dannii Minogue wrote a song as a celebration of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and the Mardi Gras organisers Richard Cobden and Gary Leeson, asked Simon to shoot the music video. And co-direct with Dannii. It brought together Dannii at her most stunning, a gaggle of Sydney’s top drag queens, glamorous lesbians, shirtless guys, glitter, sequins and a gigantic mirror ball. A dream job for Simon!

1999 ACS Silver Award for Cinematography