Michael Gracey

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Michael Gracey
Occupation Director, visual effects artist
Years active 1997–present
Notable work The Greatest Showman

Michael Gracey is an Australian director and visual effects artist.


Gracey grew up in Melbourne – in Carlton then Kew – then started working in visual effects and music videos before making his reputation in advertising, gaining a name for with his Christmas commercials in the UK and US.[1]


Gracey made his feature directorial debut in 2017 with The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman as P. T. Barnum.[2][3]

Gracey is also slated to direct an adaptation of manga series Naruto,[4] an Elton John biopic titled Rocketman,[5] and an adaptation of the novel Daughter of Smoke and Bone.[6] Gracey worked for 2 years at animation and visual effects studio Animal Logic from 1994-1996 as an animator and visual effects compositor.

In 2018 he directed the Sainsbury's Christmas advert.



Year Film Visual effects Director Notes
1997 Amy Yes Digital artist
2001 Cubbyhouse Yes Digital compositor
2002 Double Vision Yes Digital compositor
2003 Ned Kelly Yes Digital compositor – Complete Post
Visual effects supervisor – Complete 2003 Post
2005 The Magician Yes Visual effects supervisor
2008 The Square Special thanks
2017 The Greatest Showman Yes
2020 Miraculous Yes


Year Film Visual effects artist Notes
1998 The Genie from Down Under Yes 6 episodes


  1. ^ https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/how-firsttime-australian-director-michael-gracey-landed-a-hollywood-musical-20171219-h07567.html
  2. ^ Pamela McClintock; Borys Kit (August 17, 2011). "Michael Gracey to Direct 'The Greatest Showman on Earth'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  3. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (February 28, 2017). "What 'La La Land' Hath Wrought: The 15 Biggest Movie Musicals Coming Soon". Billboard. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (July 31, 2015). "Lionsgate Ramping Up 'Naruto' Movie with Michael Gracey". Variety. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  5. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike (March 18, 2013). "Commercials Director Michael Gracey to Helm Elton John biopic". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  6. ^ Kyt, Boris (December 3, 2013). "Michael Gracey Set to Direct Universal's 'Daughter of Smoke & Bone' Adaptation". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 4, 2017.

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