Born in New Zealand, Dominik moved to Australia at the age of two. He attended Melbourne’s prestigious Swinburne School of Film and Television, where he produced two short films – Andrew and Love in Vain – both of which premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Writer-director Andrew Dominik has directed critically celebrated feature films; the first of which, Chopper, based on the life of Australian criminal Mark “Chopper” Read, made an international movie star out of former standup comic and sketch artist Eric Bana. It was awarded Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor by the Australian Film Institute and received the Critics and Grand Jury Prizes from the Cognac Film Festival.
Among his influential fans was Brad Pitt, who subsequently starred in Dominik’s “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” and as a hit-man in his “Killing Them Softly,” based on a novel by George V. Higgins. The former was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and received Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins) and Best Supporting Actor (Casey Affleck), and the latter premiered in competition at Cannes.
Andrew’s Apple campaign “Behind the Mac” won two Granite Pencils at the D&AD Awards. Since Apple, Andrew has been busy directing two documentaries for Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. He is also directing the soon to be released Blonde, a biographical drama about Marilyn Monroe, written by Andrew yet based on a Joyce Carol Oates novel. Blonde stars Ana de Armas, Adrian Brody, Bobby Cannavale and Julianne Nicholson.