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Alex Cardy is an award-winning Australian Director of Photography who works across films, television, documentaries, moving-image installations and expanded online projects. She has a passion for hybrid filmmaking and working between narrative and documentary projects.

Alex recently completed production on the feature documentary THE DEFENDERS directed by Matthew Bate, for Sweetshop & Green and Amazon Prime, along with a block of the young adult television series YEAR OF for Roadshow Rough Diamond and Stan, directed by Taylor Ferguson and Jess Tuckwell.

Her short films have been selected at top-tier festivals, including; Toronto International Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival and her work has premiered on Nowness and appeared at Outfest and RISING Festival. Alex’s collaboration with director Jessica Barclay Lawton has resulted in a trio of shorts; LIVING ROOM, ZEF and THE SWEETNESS. Her other shorts include WE’RE NOT HERE directed by Bonnie Moir and YOU AND ME, BEFORE AND AFTER directed by Madeleine Gottlieb.

Alex was recently awarded the Gold Cinematography Award for Documentary at both the 2021 and 2020 Australian Cinematography Society Awards for Victoria & Tasmania, as well as the Bronze Award for Art, Innovation & Specialised Cinematography in 2021.

Alex has worked on content and commercials for brands such as Nike, Google, Champion, Bonds, Jeanswest, Lee and Land Rover.

Outside of narrative and commercial work, Alex has collaborated with iconic Australian contemporary artists on their moving-image installations and film adaptations, including Patricia Piccinini’s WE WALK TOGETHER and Eugenia Lim’s ON DEMAND and DESTINY. She is also one of the founders of Sissy Screens, a digital magazine dedicated to queer screen culture supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.


Alexa Mini LF Kit
RED Epic-M Kit
Leica-R Super Speed Lens Kit
Follow Focus
Arri MFF-1
Teradek Bolt XT 500 Kit
Small HD Handheld Director Split Kit (7ich)
Mattebox & Filters
Chroziel MB 450R2
Nisi ND Filter Kit
Sound (Basic)
Zoom H4n
Sony UTX-B03 Radio Mic Kit
Rhode NTG-3
Underwater Housing (RED Epic)
Arri Shoulder Rig
Manfrotto Tripod

Zef (Short Film)

ZEF follows a 21-year-old genderqueer topless meat raffle worker through a collage of moments, sensations and memories; exploring gender, love and sexuality. An unfiltered snapshot of our desire for intimacy in its oscillating forms.

Director & Producer: Jessica Barclay Lawton
Cinematographer: Alex Cardy
Editor: Delaney Murphy
Sound Designer & Mixer: Lachlan Harris
Dialogue Editor: Jennifer Leonforte
Colourist: Nicholas Hower
Music: Alex Cobb, Celer, Keith Fullerton Whitman
Thank you: Nowness, Marley Hansen, Catapult Casting, Zak Hamer, Jenna Eriksen & Amery Johnston

Winner ‘Best Documentary’, ReelGood Film Festival
Winner Gold Award (VIC / TAS), Australian Cinematographers Society
Short of the Year (Winter), Special Jury Mention
Award Winner, Across the Globe Film Festival
Online Premiere Nowness
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
ReelGood Film Festival
Promofest Short of the Year - Winter
Cinematica #3
Himachal Short Film Festival
Usak Short Film Festival
Skiptown Film Fest, LA
Greenwich Village Film Festival
Across the Globe Film Festival