David Michôd is an Australian film director, screenwriter, producer and actor. He is best known for directing the critically acclaimed 2010 film Animal Kingdom and the 2014 film The Rover. He also co-wrote Hesher. Michôd was educated at Sydney Grammar School before moving to Melbourne to study arts at the University of Melbourne. After working for the Victorian Department of Education he decided to attend film school while in his mid-20s. He later served as editor of Inside Film magazine, serving in the role between 2003 and 2006.

Michôd began his directing career in short films, with Ezra White, LL.B. in 2006 being one of the first to make an impact. In 2007 Michôd's next short film Crossbow, a coming-of-age drama was premiered at Venice Film Festival and received positive response from critics. After that the film compete at number of film festivals and earned good reviews. The film also screened at Sundance Film Festival and won Australian Film Institute Award for Best Screenplay in a Short Film.

Next year, in 2008 Michod directed another short film Netherland Dwarf, which was also screened at Sundance Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival and earned positive reviews from critics. The same year, Michod co-directed Solo, a documentary film with Jennifer Peedom. It features the journey of Australian adventurer Andrew McAuley who went on a solo kayak crossing from Tasmania to New Zealand. The documentary received positive response on its release, Empire Online gave film five stars and said "As a tribute to a man – and man's – insatiable search for adventure, it's unforgettable." In 2009, Michod directed Inside the Square, a 30-minute behind-the-scene documentary on the making of 2008 film The Square directed by Nash Edgerton.