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Grierson attended the prestigious Australian Film and Television School (AFTRS) at North Ryde, Sydney, graduating from their directing stream in 2004. At AFTRS he made a number of acclaimed shorts, many of which have played at festivals around the world including St Kilda, Aspen, London and San Francisco.

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Grierson attended the prestigious Australian Film and Television School (AFTRS) at North Ryde, Sydney, graduating from their directing stream in 2004. At AFTRS he made a number of acclaimed shorts, many of which have played at festivals around the world including St Kilda, Aspen, London and San Francisco.

In 2005, his short film BOMB won several awards at the world’s biggest short film festival, Tropfest: Best Screenplay, Best Comedy and the People's Choice Award for Best Film. (Later in 2012, it was one of sixteen films from twenty years of Tropfest finalists chosen to screen in the ‘Best of the Best’ Tropfest competition in Las Vegas.)

After the success of BOMB, he then co-wrote and directed the feature film ‘Kokoda’; based on the true story of a platoon of Australian soldiers lost in the jungle of Papua New Guinea during the fighting of an epic battle against the Japanese in 1942. Conceived, produced and released in less than a year, it was one of the top five highest grossing Australian films of 2006. Colin Fraser from Filmink praising it, ‘Kokoda draws comparisons with Gallipoli if for no other reason than it will come to be similarly regarded as a landmark in Australian cinema’.

In 2009, James Cameron invited Grierson onto the set of ‘Avatar’ to discuss the 3D cave- diving drama, Sanctum. Cameron thought Kokoda demonstrated Grierson would be able to handle the genre and technical challenges that Sanctum would throw up - shooting in 3D, in zero light conditions and often underwater in caves. The story had been inspired by the near- death experience of producer, Andrew Wight, who had once been trapped in a terrifying cave collapse under the Nullarbor Plain. Sanctum was shot at Warner Roadshow Studios on the Queensland Gold Coast in 2010, utilizing the Cameron-Pace fusion camera system and the largest underwater set ever built in Australia, with 2nd unit pick-ups on location at Mount Gambier, South Australia. The film opened on February 4th 2011 and also secured a rare and successful release in China. Sanctum is currently the ninth highest grossing Australian film of all time with a world-wide box office gross of over one hundred and ten million dollars.

Grierson directed the final block of 'Nowhere Boys' (series 1 and 2) for NBCUniversal and Matchbox Pictures and in 2013 helmed the television movie ‘Parer’s War’ for the ABC. Parer’s War dramatically explores the short but exciting life of combat cameraman, Damien Parer and stars Matt Le Nevez (Offspring) and Adelaide Clemens (Gatsby, Parade’s End). Graeme Blundell from the Australian newspaper describing it as 'taut...sharply executed...touching and elegantly made'.

Grierson has lectured on directing for the New York Film Academy (NYFA) Brisbane and Gold Coast and has been a guest lecturer at the SAE Institute, RMIT and the VCA in Melbourne. In December 2011 he was a guest of the MPAA in Beijing to present on directing 3D, script writing and other topics for their emerging filmmakers workshop and conducted a similar workshop for them in Busan, Korea, (in conjunction with the BIFF) in 2013. Read Less
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