Sean’s journey to the dark arts of filmmaking can be traced back to a well worn VHS copy of Flash Gordon. Colour and motion - a high stakes space-opera with a killer Queen soundtrack! Everything a growing kid needs. That tape is long gone but in its place is Sean’s own diverse body of directing work spanning music videos, documentary, tvcs, corporate, and short films.
Sean has made over 40 music videos for many of Australia’s (and a few of NZ's) most acclaimed, iconic musicians including Missy Higgins, Silverchair, The Birds of Tokyo, Gin Wigmore, The Sleepy Jackson, The Living End, Kasey Chambers and Tim Finn and has been nominated for 5 ARIA Best Music Video awards. His music videos have racked up over 17 million views on YouTube!
Sean’s short films have won accolades and screened widely with his latest, a creepy horror titled The Baby Whisperer, premiering at Screamfest LA in 2017 and Flickerfest in 2018 before hitting the festival circuit and screening internationally.
Sean’s interest in Indigenous community and history has taken him to many Indigenous communities across Australia including Palm Island where Sean periodically taught filmmaking skills to primary school children. It was during this time development on the feature documentary Fantome Island began. Telling the story of an Indigenous leprosarium off the North Queensland coast, Fantome Island premiered at The Brisbane International Film Festival and won Best Australian Film at the Human Rights, Arts and Film Festival. It screens regularly on NITV and is frequently streamable through SBS On Demand.
Intertwined is Sean’s passion for photography. His eclectic tastes and interests cross genres from street to portrait, fashion to documentary. Bringing his filmmaking instincts to his photography Sean is always striving to layer story, personality, composition and a point of view into each frame.
Sean also works as a sessional educator at the Griffith University Film School, lecturing in directing, and supervising and mentoring third year graduation film productions from script development through to post-production.
Sean’s work has always been driven by story and the most creative, effective way to communicate an emotional energy to an audience hungry to feel something. He infuses his work with a distinct visual identity, wonderful story insights and when possible a sly sense of humour.
Sean’s clients have included: EMI Music, Warner Music, Sony Music, John Watson Management, Eleven - A Music Company, Queensland University of Technology, Vaalia, Griffith University, Youngcare, Stronger and Smarter, Brisbane City Council, Dreamworld, The Smith Family, Tourism and Events Queensland and NDIS.