Although SON OF A GUN is Avery’s debut feature film, he is an acknowledged talent with many celebrated short films to his credit.
Born in Pemberton Western Australia, Avery is a Masters graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. His short film JERRYCAN was the Jury Prize winner at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 and won the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Short Film in the same year.
JERRYCAN then went on to receive an Honorable Mention at Sundance and the Berlin International Film Festival, enjoying a substantial and prestigious festival run.
Avery also directed the powerful short film END OF TOWN, which earned him the Emerging Australian Filmmaker Award at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2006, and was also awarded an Australian Directors Guild Award in 2007.
More recently Avery executive produced and wrote the screenplay of the short film YARDBIRD, which played in Competition at this years Cannes International Film Festival. The film won the Dendy Award for Best Short at the Sydney Film Festival and marked the first collaborative project under the new Bridle Path Films banner, a directors' collective founded by Avery in 2011.