From Derwent pencils to 4K Digital, Michael’s award winning documentaries capture a world of wonder and adventure. Wildlife, wild places, remote peoples, the poles to Sahara, the Pacific to Everest.

Michael is a pioneering adventure cinematographer whose many award-winning films encompass the world’s most spectacular destinations from the Himalayas to the Andes, Antarctica, the Arctic, the Pacific and Africa. In 1984 Michael filmed Australia’s first ascent of Everest, unsupported, without bottled oxygen and via White Limbo, an avalanche prone and unrepeated North Face route. A couple of years later, he conceived the idea and filmed Tim Macartney-Snape’s full ascent of Everest from sea level. The resulting film, Everest: Sea to Summit became the most internationally awarded adventure documentary ever made.

Feature films

A Little Bit MongolianThe heart-warming story of one boy’s determination to make his dream come true.

A pack of children gallop at full tilt across the northern Mongolian steppe. In the thick of the action is a lone foreigner. His name is Angus Paradice, he’s 12 years old and he’s from Australia.

A year earlier Angus went to Mongolia on a family vacation . He watched with envy as local children galloped across the wild empty grasslands.   Back home in Australia, he started training, riding 25kms home from school each day. And now he is back in Mongolia to find a trainer willing to take him on. He must learn new skills. But more importantly, he must find the courage within himself to become the first foreign boy ever to compete in the big Nadaam Festival horse races.

  • BestFilm on Mountain Culture, Banff Mountain Film Festival, Canada 2009
  • Silver Award for Cinematography,  Australian Cinematographers Society, NSW Awards 2009
  • Best Film on Nature and Culture, Poprad International Film Festival, Slovakia
  • Silver Award,  Kathmandu Mountain Film Festival, Nepal 2010
  • Official Selection: Dungog Film Festival, Australia 2010 (with additional screening by demand)
  • Official Selection: Zealand Mountain Film Festival 2010
  • Official Selection Rim Film Festival 2010
  • Official Selection Mountain Film Festival, France 2010
  • Official Selection Bay International Film Festival, Australia 2011

Written, Filmed & Directed by Michael Dillon. Edited by I.James Wilson. Original music by Paul Jarman & Peter Kennard, Featuring singers from Gondwana Choir & throat singer Baatarsukh Batsukh. Length 55 mins

Everest: Sea to Summit

  • Grand Prize: Trento International Mountain Film Festival, Italy
  • Grand PrizeInternational Mountain Film Festival, Slovakia
  • Grand Prize: J.I.F.A.S.
  • Grand Prize: Torello, International Mountain Film Festival
  • Grand Prize: Andorra, International Mountain Film Festival
  • Grand Prize: Calcutta, International Mountain Film Festival, India
  • Grand Prize: Teplice Nad Metuji International Mountain Film Festival
  • Grand Prize: New York International Mountain Film Festival, USA
  • Best Alpine Film: Telluride International Mountain Film Festival
  • Best Alpine Film: Les Diablerets International Mountain Film Festival
  • Best Alpine Film: Graz International Mountain Film Festival 
  • Merit Award for Cinematography: Australian Cinematographers Society Awards,1993.  
  • Special Jury Award: Banff International Mountain Film Festival, Canada 

Filmed, Produced & Directed by Michael Dillon. Edited by ??, Music by ??. Length 59 mins

Sir Edmund Hillary: Beyond Everest

Over the last 40 years Sir Edmund and his teams, working together with the local people have built 30 schools, 2 hospitals, many health clinics, bridges, and two airstrips in the Everest region. In 1999, Michael filmed Sir Edmund’s work in the Solar Khumbu in action.

  • Himalaya Award for Best Human Adventure Film, Calcutta International Adventure Film Festival, India 2000
  • Best Film on Mountain Culture, Poprad International Mountain Film Festival, Slovakia 2000
  • Best Film on Mountain Culture: Trento International Mountain Film Festival, Italy 2001
  • Best Film on Mountain Culture: Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, Canada 2001.

Filmed, Written & Directed by Michael Dillon. Edited by David Stiven. Music by David Skinner. Length 55 mins


A Fare to Remember


Everest: The Boy Who Dared

Climbing Mount McKinley for Everest:The Boy Who Dared

Musical Marina (with David Fanshawe)