16. Sky Davies: A DOP in Long and Short Form


Sky has recently completed principle photography on her second feature film SHIT, a poetic adaptation of Patricia Cornelius’ award winning play by the same name. Working with directors Susie Dee and Trudy Hellier, the feature has already garnered much industry attention and is due for release in 2021. Her debut feature, the genre film BLOOD VESSEL (2018), has screened at numerous festivals including NYC Horror Fest (US), GrimmFest (UK), FilmQuest (UK) and MonsterFest (AU), drawing acclaim for her cinematography as well as the prestigious ACS Golden Tripod.

Sky’s short film work has been screened at over 120 festivals (Berlinale, MIFF, Oberhausen, AACTA, Palm Springs) garnering her many festival awards as well as ACS Gold, ACS Silver, and her first ACS Golden Tripod for GOODNIGHT SWEETHEART, directed by Bec Peniston Bird. In 2017 Sky shot John Sheedy’s short film MRS MCCUTCHEON which had its Australian premier at the Melbourne International Film Festival of the same year, winning Best Australian Short Film. MRS MCCUTCHEON was also nominated by AFI/AACTA and Screen Producers Australia for Best Short Film. In 2013 Sky shot Neil Triffet’s EMO THE MUSICAL which garnered a Crystal Bear Special Mention at the Berlinale, along with winning Best Short Film at the SPA Awards and the St Kilda Film Festival.

Sky has shot 2nd Unit for both Film and TV, including: STATELESS, released in 2020, a six-part series for Matchbox and ABC, created by and starring Cate Blanchett, directed by Emma Freeman and Jocelyn Moorhouse; and UNDERTOW, Miranda Nation’s debut feature, which premiered at the 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival. 

In addition to her narrative work, Sky has collaborated with esteemed video artists including Christian Thompson, Candy Bowers, Laresa Kosloff and Shaun Gladwell, and regularly works within the documentary realm shooting such pieces as COMING BACK OUT BALL (Closing Night MIFF ‘18) and GRACEFUL GIRLS (Audience Award MIFF ’15).


Sky Davies: https://www.skydavies.com 

Shit: https://www.if.com.au/female-led-creative-team-shoots-a-drama-based-on-a-patricia-cornelius-play/ 

Patricia Cornelius: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patricia_Cornelius 

Susie Dee: https://www.susiedee.info/about 

Trudy Hellier: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0375437/ 

Blood Vessel: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8009938/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 

NYC Horror Fest: https://nychorrorfest.com 

GrimmFest: http://grimmfest.com 

Film Quest: http://www.filmquestfest.com 

Monster Fest: https://www.monsterfest.com.au 

ACS Golden Tripod: http://cinematographer.org.au/cms/page.asp?ID=20011 

Berlinale: https://www.berlinale.de/en/home.html 

MIFF: https://miff.com.au 

Oberhausen: https://festagent.com/en/festivals/oberhausen 

ACCTA: https://www.aacta.org 

Palm Springs International Film Festival: https://www.psfilmfest.org/2021-shortfest 

Goodnight Sweetheart: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4010888/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2 

Bec Peniston Bird: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2298488/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 

John Sheedy: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2368564/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 

Mrs McCutcheon: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6480442/?ref_=nm_knf_i1 

Neil Triffet: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3798740/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 

Emo the Musical: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2692752/?ref_=nm_ov_bio_lk1 

SPA Awards: https://www.screenproducers.org.au 

St Kilda Film Festival: https://www.stkildafilmfestival.com.au 

Stateless: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4878488/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 

Matchbox: https://www.matchboxpictures.com 

ABC: https://iview.abc.net.au 

Cate Blanchett: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000949/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 


Emma Freeman: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1175458/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 

Jocelyn Moorehouse: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0602104/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 

Undertow: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6342316/?ref_=nm_flmg_cam_1 

Miranda Nation: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1169957/?ref_=tt_ov_dr 

Lance Acord: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0010139/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 

Russell Boyd: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006570/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 

International Woman’s Day: https://www.internationalwomensday.com 

Screen Australia: https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au 

The Fires: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12188032/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2 

John Cassavetes: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001023/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 

Michael Bay: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000881/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 

Ronin S: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0Kusls2yhc 

Sam Mendes: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005222/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 

American Beauty: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0169547/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 

PTSD: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/anxiety/types-of-anxiety/ptsd 

Jack Irish: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4905554/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 

Sony Venice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn5dC2usqQA 

Kmart Weights: https://www.kmart.com.au/category/sport-&-outdoor/shop-by-category/exercise-&-fitness/strength-training/251096#.plp-wrapper 

Wetransfer: https://wetransfer.com 

Moodboard: https://www.canva.com/learn/make-a-mood-board/ 

Breathe: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14154010/?ref_=nm_flmg_cin_3 

Hannah Palmer: https://www.steadipalms.com 

Summer Suit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2473288/?ref_=nm_flmg_cin_31 

Film Vic: https://www.film.vic.gov.au