Daniel Askill

Video Artist, We Unfold

Born in Sydney in 1977, Daniel works internationally as a filmmaker and artist. As a director Daniel has created film, video installations, music videos and commercials. His background in music also led to the release of his first album as a composer/producer at 19, while also designing record sleeves and multimedia projects.

Daniel initially studied in Sydney and later at Central Saint Martins in London. While in London he also began working freelance and soon became involved in a wide variety of projects. This included design work for Alexander McQueen and directing fragrance films in Africa and the Maldives while completing his studies.

In 2001 Daniel returned to Sydney to co-found multidisciplinary studio COLLIDER which now represents an award winning roster of filmmakers, designers and artists. Through COLLIDER he began developing personal film projects; the first We Have Decided Not to Die has played at hundreds of international film festivals and won major prizes at many of these including Clemont-Ferrand in France, Melbourne International, Brooklyn International and South By Southwest. We Have Decided Not to Die has also been exhibited in numerous galleries and exhibitions.

Daniel has also created a number of video installations, with commissions including Deustche Bank for Michelle Jank, Japanese Buddhist group Soka Gakkai and choreographer Rafael Bonachela for his premiere work we unfold at Sydney Dance Company. Many projects are often created in collaboration with his brothers Jordan and Lorin.

Daniel’s work has been featured in a variety of publications including Screen Internationall, Dazed and Confused, Art Press, Res and the New York Times. His first music video was nominated at the MTV VMAs, and he has since completed videos for artists such as U.N.K.L.E, SIA, Placebo, Digitalism, and Phoenix. His recent commercial work has included directing global campaigns for Cadillac, Air France, X BOX and Christian Dior and his personal work has been exhibited in shows in Europe, Australia and America.

Daniel lives and works between Sydney and New York.