Simon Smith is one of Australia’s most experienced documentary cinematographers, with more than 15 years experience as a Director of Photography of feature, documentary, music videos, commercials and drama. He has worked with some of the country’s top filmmakers including Tom Zubrycki, Michael Cordell, Chris Hilton and Rachel Landers. Simon’s work has taken him into countries and cultures the world over. His camera has given him entree into the lives of people in a variety of countries and cultures around the world, including the Asia Pacific region, Europe, Africa and the US.
Recently, he spent a month in Hanoi, where he shot Vietnam Symphony, which had its US premiere at the Hawaii International Film Festival and for which he won the ACS Highly Commended Award for Cinematography. Simon has worked for many international producers, including the BBC and Channel 4 in Britain, National Geographic USA, and NHK Japan. His recent credits include Two of Us, Vietnam Symphony, Tribal Reality, Dope, Missing, The Riddle of Bradshaw, Kokoda, Shadowplay. Simon is a graduate of AFTRS: Dip Arts (Film &TV). Simon was recently the Director of Photography for the feature documentary In the Company of Actors.
Simon won the Australian Cinematographers Society Silver Award in the field of Documentary in November 2007 for his work on In the Company of Actors.