Martin McGrath’s career took off when he shot Jocelyn Moorhouse’s Proof and the hugely successful Muriel’s Wedding two years later. He has more than 30 films to his credit and was nominated for Best Achievement in Cinematography AFI for his work on both Children of the Revolution and Blackrock and won the AFI for Passion starring Judy Davis and Richard Roxburgh. His other film credits include The Sound of One Hand Clapping, A Little Bit of Soul, Swimming Upstream (which earned him the ACS Award), Footy Legends with Claudia Karvan, and Irresistible, starring Susan Sarandon and Emily Blunt. Martin shot second unit on a number of US productions filmed in Australia, including Peter Pan, Son of the Mask, and Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith.
His most recent film is Rachel Griffith’s feature directing debut, Ride Like a Girl. He also shot Around the Block directed by Sarah Spillane and starring Christina Ricci, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013, UNindian, an Australian/Indian co-production directed by Anupam Sharma; and Dance Academy: The Movie, which won Martin the ACS Gold Award for Best Feature – Cinema.
In 2019, Martin shot two ABC mini-series, Les Norton, starring Rebel Wilson and David Wenham, for Roadshow Rough Diamond and Fallout with his regular collaborator Peter Duncan. His other television credits include the locally produced Jack Irish starring Guy Pearce; political drama comedy Rake; Dance Academy (ABC3); Australian/UK co-production Banished; telemovies Jack Irish and The Broken Shore. Other credits include children’s series Ta Da!; kung-fu comedy Maximum Choppage; Packed to the Rafters (Seven); My Place (ABC); real crime drama series Killing Time (TV1); ABC3 children’s series Ready For This (ABC3); Blue Murder; Blackjack; Valentine’s Day; and the Golden Globe-nominated On the Beach. Martin also shot the docudramas The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce and The Extraordinary Tale of William Buckley. Martin has won two ACS Awards and the 2015 AACTA Award for Best Cinematography in Television for The Broken Shore.
In 2017, Martin shot US television series Difficult People for Hulu, the telemovie Riot for Werner Film Productions, and a wine documentary in South Africa and China