Jody Muston’s love of telling stories with images started from a young age as a budding photographer. Her focus shifted to filmmaking when she was 17, and she has never looked back. After working her way through the ranks of the camera department, and cutting her teeth shooting countless shorts and music videos, Jody has emerged as one of Australia’s most exciting young DOPs whose work encompasses television, film and documentaries.
Her first feature film One Eyed Girl won the prestigious Dark Matters Award at the 2014 Austin Film Festival, and the ACS Silver Award for Cinematography. The Hollywood Reporter describes the film as looking “terrific, with Jody Muston’s darkly atmospheric lensing contributing to the sense of foreboding”. Jody’s second feature was the thriller Stalkher, directed by actor John Jarratt. She shot Anthony Lucas’ chapter “Damaged Goods” from acclaimed anthology The Turning, which screened at the Berlin Film Festival in 2014 whilst Jody was participating in the prestigious Berlin Talent Program. In 2015, Jody shot the two-part Matchbox Pictures series Stories I Want to Tell You In Person, based on the play of the same name by Lally Katz. She also shot short film The Suitor, directed by Kate Riedl, which screened in the 2017 Flickerfest Best of Australian Competition. She most recently completed work on Blue, a provocative documentary journey into the ocean realm, which won the 2017 AACTA for Best Cinematography in a Documentary.
Jody received the ACS Gold for her work on the short film Can You See Them? directed by Polly and Mike Staniford. She has also received the ACS Silver Award for the short film Tom, directed by Nathan Croft. Jody’s work has seen her shoot documentaries all over the world, including the jungles of Borneo and Papua New Guinea, the plains of Mongolia and many remote areas of Australia. She has shot numerous stories for the ABC and SBS including Matchbox Pictures award-winning Anatomy series.