Katie Milwright ACS

Directors Of Photography

"The talented cinematographer Katie Milwright (who recntly shot Gurrumul, Celeste and a couple of episodes of Tidelands) conjures a slick but weathered look: a bit sticky, a bit hot, a bit dusty, sans the cliche hot-and-humid Australian aesthetic."


Katie Milwright is an award-winning director of photography and was the tenth female cinematographer to be accredited by the ACS. Katie works across film, television, art and documentary and has won nine ACS awards for her work.

In television Katie is currently setting up the second season of BLACK SNOW for STAN. Prior to this, she set up THE CLEARING the first Australian scripted series to hit Disney +, starring Miranda Otto and Guy Pierce and DEADLOCH, for Amazon Prime. For her work on DEADLOCH she received an AACTA Award nomination for Best Cinematography in Television for her work. Prior to this she shot the Netflix series SURVIVNG SUMMER, for Werner Films. She shot multiple episodes of YOUNG ROCK for Universal NBC in 2020 which debuted to strong ratings during the pandemic. Katie shot eight episodes of UPRIGHT created by and starring Tim Minchin, the series was produced by Lingo Pictures, for Sky and Foxtel and has sold internationally. Katie set up and shot the first two episodes of TIDELANDS for Netflix. Katie was set-up director of photography on the first series of Josh Thomas’ PLEASE LIKE ME.  Katie shot the second series of LAID directed by Abe Forsythe and Ben Chessell’s tele movie THE HEARTBREAK TOUR for SBS which she won a Silver ACS Vic Award for.

Katie’s film credits include: feature film SWEET AS directed by Jub Clerc which won the Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Katie received an AACTA Award nomination for Best Cinematography in Film for her work. The feature film CELESTE, directed by longtime collaborator Ben Hackworth; feature documentary GURRUMUL about the life of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won an AACTA Award for Best Feature Documentary; GUILTY, a hybrid feature documentary directed by Matthew Sleeth; THREE SUMMERS, a feature written and directed by Ben Elton; Italian/Australian co-production feature THE SPACE BETWEEN by writer/director Ruth Borgobello which was selected as the Australian entry for the  Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards;  LOOKING FOR GRACE, directed by Sue Brooks and produced which was selected for Venice International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival; SUCKER directed by Ben Chessell and starring Timothy Spall, which was theatrically released in 2015. (Katie won the 2016 Gold ACS Vic & Tas Award for her work on both of these films); THE WEDDING PARTY directed by Amanda Jane which was nominated for best cinematography at the New York International Film Festival; feature film CORROBOREE, which screened at festivals in Berlin, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne and for which Katie won the 2007 Gold ACS Vic Award.

Katie loves working in documentary and installation and was the director of photography on Amos Gebhardt’s SMALL ACTS OF RESISTANCE artwork at The Substation; Matchbox Picture’s ANATOMY SERIES: SKIN documentary, which screened at the International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam and festivals in Tribeca and Sydney and won the Gold ACS Vic Award; and the documentary UTOPIA GIRLS directed by Jasmin Tarasin. Katie won the Bronze ACS Vic Award for her photography on David Rosetzky’s installation CATE BLANCHETT MOVING PORTRAIT which screened at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra and the ICP Triennial of Photography and Video at the International Centre of Photography New York.

Katie’s short film credits include Sian Davies’ PIÑATA and POETRY, which won the Silver ACS Vic Award; and Ben Chessell’s GOOD VIBRATIONS and HEARTWORM. Katie shot Ben Hackworth’s MARTIN FOUR which screened in the official selection at Cannes in 2001; and VIOLET LIVES UPSTAIRS which won the Bronze ACS Vic Award and screened at Palm Springs, Montreal and Vladivostok film festivals.

Her photography on CocoRosie’s LEMONADE, Katie was nominated for Best Music Video at Cameraimage in Poland, the biggest international film festival devoted to the creation of film image by cinematographers. Katie regularly works in TVCs when she isn’t busy shooting narrative work.