Michael Noonan, Ph.D

Michael Noonan is an award-winning Australian filmmaker who specializes in comedy. He is a three-time semifinalist in the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowship with his feature scripts Childproof (2017), #Escape (2015) and Alternate Ending (2014). He was named one of Moviemaker's Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2017 and was a finalist in the 2018 Page Awards, the 2019 WeScreenplay feature competition, the 2016 Austin Film Festival screenplay competition and the 2016 Script Pipeline competition.

He was named on the inaugural Aussie List in 2015 and he is a seven-time Tropfest finalist, most recently with Notes To Salma (2019), Accomplice (2017), Evil Mexican Child (2014), Remote (2013) and Photo Booth (2012). He won the IF Award for Best Australian Documentary for his film Unlikely Travellers (2007) and he has twice been nominated for AWGIE Awards for his scripts.

His Ph.D in film and television production, titled Laughing & Disability: Comedy, Collaborative Authorship and ‘Down Under Mystery Tour, explored the complex line between ‘laughing at’ and ‘with’ and was the subject of significant international controversy.


Since 1998, his short films and documentaries have screened at numerous international festivals and on broadcast television in Australia, France, Italy, Japan, Africa, Germany, Africa, Jordan, Russia and the USA.

His festival successes include: AFI Fest (Recall), Palm Springs International Shortfest (Evil Mexican Child, Captive, Cecil), Flickerfest (Captive, Recall) Hof International Film Festival (Recall), Cinequest (Baggage),  Tropfest (Accomplice, Evil Mexican Child, Remote, Photo Booth, Applause, Counter) and St Kilda Film Festival (The People, Photo Booth, Captive).

Unlikely Travellers (2007), his documentary about six intellectually-disabled people who travel to Egypt, premiered at the Brisbane International Film Festival in 2007 and was broadcast on ABC-TV (Australia) to a primetime audience of more than 1.8 million people.