Cinematographer : Features

Patrick's Day

Drama, 2014

"A stunning and shattering piece of work with a profound sense of truth" - Nicholas Roeg

World Premiere, In Competition SXSW 2014
Winner Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography, Woodstock Film Fest, 2014

"Michael Lavelle's work on Patrick's Day shows a profound understanding of the story and his ability to employ DP skills such as framing, lighting and camera movement is subtle in unselfconscious ways to subliminally involve the viewer."
- Haskell Wexler A.S.C.

Float Like A Butterfly

Drama. 2018

World Premiere TIFF, 2018
FIPRESCI Award, TIFF 2018

"The reeling, weaving hand held camera throws us into the midst of this warm, cluttered world, with its appropriately wayward colour palette. The result is a film which is as triumphant as an air punch and as inclusive as a group hug." Wendy Ide, Sceendaily

The Castle/ Pilis

Drama, 2019 (In Post Production)

A 13-year old Lithuanian girl Monika and her mother Jolanta live in Dublin with their heavily demented Granny. Monika dreams of becoming a famous musician and a concert at the Castle seems a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But when Monika’s mother tries to stop her from going, she resorts to desperate means to achieve her dream.

Cardboard Gangsters

Crime Drama, 2016

Special Jury Mention for Best Cinematography - Manchester International Film Festival, 2017

"The star of the show is Michael Lavelle’s camera. O’Connor has talked him into long shots that follow the characters all the way down the street and into busy houses. He sets the scene at a party by taking us all around the action in one enormously busy take. Jay’s DJ set buzzes with delicious, oily energy. The punch-ups and pursuits are choreographed with an invention that stops just short of inappropriate relish....It’s noisy, loud, violent and sad. Cult popularity beckons." Donald Clarke, Irish Times

A Girl From Mogadishu

Drama, 2019 (IN POST PRODUCTION)

Based on the testimony of Ifrah Ahmed, who - having made the extraordinary journey to escape war-torn Somalia - emerged as one of the world's foremost international activists against Gender Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation.

His & Hers

Documentary, 2010

Winner - World Cinema Cinematography Award, Sundance Film Festival 2010.

"...rigorously and remarkably cinematic: The colors, the placement of objects (often in pairs), and the interplay of camera angles, light and movement are all choreographed to provide fluidity from subject to subject and home to home."John Anderson, VARIETY

The Truth Commissioner

Political Thriller, 2016

"DOP Michael Lavelle manages some striking Belfast-based tableaux" Tara Brady, The irish Times

Little Grey Fergie

Family Live Action (2016) / A young boy discovers that the old tractor on the neighbouring farm has a life of it's own.

From The Dark

Horror, 2014

"...the spooky mood with stark, naturally-lit photography. Inky, black shadows and eerie, moonlit fog dominate the film’s palette... rich imagery broods with menace. From the Dark looks every bit the part of a rural nightmare, where danger prowls about in every shadow." Brett Gallman OH THE HORROR

Little Grey Fergie 3 - Full Throttle

Family (2017) / Gustav's adventures with his amazing tractor continue when Fergie's magical sparkplug is transferred into the body of a vintage sports car.

Little Grey Fergie 2 - 'Saves the Farm'

Family (2016) / Fergie helps Gustav save Grandad's farm from money hungry developers!