Michael Gracey

Michael Gracey is an Australian filmmaker and visual effects artist.

Michael Gracey
Michael Gracey at The Greatest Showman Australian premiere 2.jpg
The Greatest Showman Premier December 2017
OccupationFilmmaker, visual effects artist
Years active1997–present
Notable work
The Greatest Showman

Early life and careerEdit

Gracey grew up in Melbourne – in Carlton then Kew – then started working in visual effects and music videos before making his reputation in advertising, gaining a name for with his Christmas commercials in the UK and US.[1]


Gracey made his feature directorial debut in 2017 with The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman as P. T. Barnum.[2][3]

Gracey is also slated to direct an adaptation of manga series Naruto[4] and an adaptation of the novel Daughter of Smoke and Bone.[5] Gracey worked for 2 years at animation and visual effects studio Animal Logic from 1994-1996 as an animator and visual effects compositor.



Year Film Visual effects Director Executive producer Notes
1997 Amy Yes Digital artist
2001 Cubbyhouse Yes Digital compositor
2002 Double Vision Yes Digital compositor
2003 Ned Kelly Yes Digital compositor – Complete Post
Visual effects supervisor – Complete 2003 Post
2005 The Magician Yes Visual effects supervisor
2008 The Square Special thanks
2017 The Greatest Showman Yes
2019 Rocketman Yes Originally attached to direct the film before being replaced as director by Dexter Fletcher.
2021 Pink: All I Know So Far Yes Also writer and producer.
2021 Ladybug & Cat Noir: Awakening Role currently unspecified.


Year Film Visual effects artist Notes
1998 The Genie from Down Under Yes 6 episodes


  1. ^ Maddox, Garry (20 December 2017). "How first-time Australian director Michael Gracey landed a Hollywood musical". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  2. ^ Pamela McClintock; Borys Kit (17 August 2011). "Michael Gracey to Direct 'The Greatest Showman on Earth'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  3. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (28 February 2017). "What 'La La Land' Hath Wrought: The 15 Biggest Movie Musicals Coming Soon". Billboard. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (31 July 2015). "Lionsgate Ramping Up 'Naruto' Movie with Michael Gracey". Variety. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  5. ^ Kyt, Boris (3 December 2013). "Michael Gracey Set to Direct Universal's 'Daughter of Smoke & Bone' Adaptation". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 March 2017.

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