Angus McDonald is an award winning Australian artist and documentary filmmaker. After graduating with an Economics degree at the University of Sydney, he studied painting at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney, winning the school's Brett Whiteley Scholarship in 1994.
Since 1995 McDonald has staged more than 30 solo exhibitions across Australia and internationally. He's been a frequent finalist in numerous national art awards including Australia’s biggest art competition, the Archibald Prize, where he's been selected as a finalist on five occasions.
McDonald began working with film in 2017, creating a film project to advocate for more humanitarian approaches to managing the welfare of forcibly displaced people seeking asylum.
In 2019, he directed and produced his first standalone film, a documentary short about refugees and asylum seekers held offshore by the Australian Federal Government in Papua New Guinea, called MANUS. MANUS was awarded Best Documentary at the 2019 St. Kilda Film Festival, Best Film at the Byron Bay International Film Festival & Best Documentary at the 2020 FIFO International Film Festival. MANUS qualified for selection at the 2020 Academy Awards in the Documentary Short category and was officially selected for numerous other film festivals both in Australia and overseas.