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Taylor Thompson-Fuller
Film director David Michod is best known for crime drama Animal Kingdom

Today's Birthday, November 30: David Michod, Australian film director (1972-)

David Michod's new film The King landed on Netflix in November, to the annoyance of some cinema companies who see it as a threat to their business model.

The film enjoyed both an exclusive online release and a shorter than usual theatrical run as the movie industry shifts away from the traditional screening or streaming divide.

Michod, in an interview with IF Magazine, said Netflix is filling the gap for movie makers like himself who want to make "mid-budgeted movies for grow ups".

But the short theatrical release of the film has chagrined certain cinemas, with exhibitors claiming that it's shifting the primacy of film away from the cinema to the TV.

Movies have been heading this way for a long time, the director said, explaining that the traditional distribution and exhibition of movies is getting tougher and tougher.

"People want to watch things at home. I like to watch things at home. And people's TVs are amazing," Michod told IF Magazine.

David Michod was born and raised in Sydney before moving to Melbourne to study arts at the University of Melbourne.

He made a series of short films and documentaries from 2006 - 2008, including Solo, a documentary that charted the journey of Andrew McAuley as he attempted to kayak across the Tasman Sea.

The films all received critical success with some touring around major international film festivals, but it wasn't until his runaway hit Animal Kingdom that Michod received widespread acclaim.

The Rover (2014), a dystopian drama featuring Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce, was the director's next feature film. It won a slew of AACTA Awards and was released to positive reviews.

In 2017 Michod released his first Hollywood feature film War Machine, featuring Brad Pitt, directly and exclusively on Netflix.

"We just knew that the movie was going to be expensive and none of the major studios were going to take it," Michod told IF Magazine, "we thought, 'let's see what happens if we take it to Netflix".

The movie cost Netflix $US60 million ($A88 million) and received mixed reviews.