John Brawley has developed a reputation as one of Australia’s most talented and sought after Directors of Photography, who works with vision, speed and an inherently collaborative nature. While working in the US, John continues to build that reputation internationally.

John is currently in Chicago shooting the Fox pilot Gone Baby Gone for director Phillip Noyce. Just prior to that, he was in Atlanta shooting Fox’s new medical drama series The Resident for producers Amy Holden Jones and Antoine Fuqua and before that, the USA drama series Queen of the South starring Alice Braga.

In 2016 John photographed the Lifetime remake of Beaches starring Idina Menzel and Nia Long and a new Australian series The Warriors for acclaimed Australian producer Robert Connolly. His other recent credits include the Syfy/UCP series Hunters, produced by Gale Anne Hurd, Natalie Chaidez and Matchbox Pictures and The Beautiful Lie, for ABC Television, which received considerable critical and audience acclaim and earned him an AACTA nomination for Best Cinematography in Television.

In 2014, John shot the political drama Party Tricks for Network Ten and Hiding for ABC Television. He also shot the first six seasons of the beloved Network Ten series Offspring and prior to that shot both series of acclaimed Network Ten series Puberty Blues, using a ground breaking mix of cutting edge technology and period lenses.

Other television credits include Underbelly: Squizzy for Nine, Tangle for Foxtel,and the primetime television comedy series Lowdown and Twentysomething for ABC Television.

John has made strides in the feature world too, having shot several films including 100 Bloody Acres directed by Colin andCameron Cairnes, Lake Mungo and The Perfect Host, a US feature film starring David Hyde Pierce, which screened at Sundance in 2010 and received a US release.

John graduated with an MA from the prestigious Australian Film Television and Radio School and holds dual US/Australian citizenship.

11 Responses to About

  1. Jahful says:

    Just want to say thanks for everything you’ve been doing on the Blackmagic front. I’m on a few of the bulletin boards that you comment on, and the people can be ridiculously puerile and malicious. You’ve held your head above water brilliantly and with panache my friend. I can’t wait for this camera, side-by-side shot comparisons are really everything I need to know- it’s gonna be sweet.

  2. Mike Cummings says:

    Hi John, Ash’s dad Mike here. Thanks you for such an amazing insight to the complex work required to make visual entertainment in film so appealing. I loved your examples of the work in Puberty Blues and your explanations for us all. I also loved watching Ash and her fellow cast members doing such amazing work – but then again I am biased. Ash was so safe in Glendyn, Emma and your hands. She had such an amazing experience. Best Wishes, Mike

  3. Brendan Palmer says:

    Hi John

    Just wanted to say thanks for the video presentation you did for ozdox at AFTRS in Sydney last week.

    I look forward to seeing yer latest work.

    cheers bP

  4. Robert Brawley says:

    Hello John,

    I’ve written a manuscript about the two years my family spent with the Missouri Old Order Amish in the early 70’s.
    “Adopted by the Amish: A Family’s Pilgrimage Back in Time,” narrates the true story of a man and his family who sought a better way of life for themselves. And even though they returned to the modern world they left behind, the lifelong friendships and memories they made changed their lives forever.
    I would be happy to discuss the possibility of publishing this story and/or turning it into a television series.

    Bob Brawley

  5. Ryan Mahaney says:

    Do you have footage of blackmagic cinema camera and cooke s4?

  6. Marty Hillier says:

    Hello John,

    Any impressions on the Black Magic Micro Cinema Camera? Eagerly awaiting mine and hexacopter ready…

  7. Bob Brawley says:

    Great job cousin!!

  8. Chris Nunan says:

    Hi John I got the Blackmagic Video Assist to go with my OM-D EM-5 MK 2 after seeing that you used it so brilliantly. Very inspiring – now here is my question. I got the Olympus HDMI cable because Olympus uses micro HDMI and attached my Video Assist. The video is great, but no sound gets transferred to the recording monitor. Then I watched your video again and noticed that the sound your are using might not come from the Video Assist – or if it did how does that work?

    Love your stuff

    Chris, Denmark

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