Michael Lavelle I.S.C. was
born in Dublin. Following a degree in Law & French he decided to
pursue his long term dream and studied cinematography at the National
Film School of Ireland followed by an MA in Screenwriting.
cinematographer, his short graduation film UNDRESSING MY MOTHER went to
Critics Week in Cannes and received a special mention at Sundance. It
went on to win the European Academy Award for Best Short Film in 2005.
debut documentary feature film HIS & HERS premiered at Sundance in
2010 where Michael won the World Cinema Cinematography Award for
Documentary. Asako Fujioka, on behalf of the Sundance jury, gave the
award, lauding Michael's cinematography: “for its Vermeer like qualities and formal restraint”.
DAY, Michael’s debut dramatic feature film, received its world premiere
at SXSW 2014 and in 2015 he was nominated for an IFTA for his work on
the film. At Woodstock Film Festival, Michael was awarded the Haskell
Wexler Award for Best Cinematography. Wexler said that he gave the award
"based on what I consider true cinematography, not just on the
traditional dexterity. Michael Lavelle's work on "Patrick's Day" shows a
profound understanding of the story and his ability to employ DP
skills is subtle in unselfconscious ways to subliminally involve the
He has shot three TV series and has just completed
principal photography on his eleventh feature film. In 2018 FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY received its World Premiere at TIFF where it went on to win the FIRPRESCI Award. He was recently
named by Variety as Irish Cinematography's "rising star".