b. October 26, 1963, Victoria,
Jacobson graduated from Australia's prestigious Swinburne Film
& TV school in the mid '80s. Collaborating with established
directors, Clayton entered the industry editing feature films,
TV and documentaries, working with such luminaries as Jane Campion
(The Piano), Richard Lowenstein (Dogs in Space),
Paul Goldman (Australian Rules), Andrew Dominik (Chopper)
and John Hillcoat (The Proposition).
many directors before him, Clayton cut his teeth directing music
videos for some of Australia's premier musical acts including
INXS, John Farnham, Kate Ceberano, and Jimmy Barnes to name just
a few. Clayton then shifted gear, directing award winning local
and international television commercials as well as two documentaries:
The Holy Roadside for Mushroom records and Inside This
Room, an ABC-TV special featuring the work of performers/composers
David Hirschfelder and David Hobson.
Following on from directing many award winning short films, Clayton
created Kenny - Self Proclaimed Scatologist the award winning
short film at the 2004 St Kilda Film Festival which led to the
creation of Kenny, the Australian box office and critically
acclaimed hit of 2006. Clayton is currently developing Kenny's
World the upcoming TV Series for Channel 10 and has several other
feature film projects in development in Australia and America.
I've always been drawn to truth in
performance and the idiosyncratic nature of behavior. The kind
of behavior that can tip you from a smile to a tear in an instant.
Midnight Cowboy was a seminal film for me; I was devastated
by the film's raw beauty and adoration for fringe characters.
It's taken many short films, music videos and ultimately my feature
Kenny to realize that I am always looking for those kind
of moments of connection between characters in my films, moments
of surprise that can celebrate the struggle, dignity and pathos
of ordinary existence. It's that epic human drama unfolding over
the neighbor's fence, drowned out by our lawn mower, that interests
me - it feels real and bitter sweet.
- Making of (2007, 44 mins, video)
Broadcast on Ch 10
World (2008, 8 x 22 mins episodes, HD)
on Ch 10
The Trainer (2009, 5 mins)
Mordy Koots (2009, short film)
8K Radius (2012, short film)
SISKIN RIVER: Up (2013, 5 mins)
PYRAMID FX: Control (2015, 4 mins)
Melma (2015, 13 mins)
8K Radius Lido (2015, short film)
Lisa Crawley: Stranger (2015, 4 mins)
TASTE: I am God (2016, short film)
To One’s Own Heart (Orgy of Destruction) (1984, 14 mins)
choice award at the Montreal Film Festival 1995
OF BEST CRAFT AWARD ST KILDA FILM FEST
achievement in video St Kilda film fest 2002.
Highly Commended Asia Pacific film festival
Best Gay/Lesbian short Cork film festival 2002.
Best Australian gay short Melbourne queer film fest 2003
Audience choice award Toronto Japanese film fest.
award 2001 Tropfest Sydney.
Nescafe 2001 short film of the year.
Most popular short Melbourne fringe film festival 2001
BEST FILM, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST SOUND, BEST EDITING, BEST
ACTRESS AT INAUGURAL POV AWARDS
- Self proclaimed scatologist WINNER
BEST COMEDY ST KILDA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2004
CHOICE AWARD ST KILDA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2004
Best Feature Film
Highest Box Office Achievement Award
Best Director, Nominated Best Editing
Film Institute Awards 2006
Best Direction, Nominated Best Editing, Nominated Best Film, Nominated
Best Original Screenplay,
Circle of Australia Awards 2006
Best Original Screenplay
Best Director, Nominated Best Film
Association of Australia (SPAA) Conference 2006
Feature Producers Award
Magazine Awards - 2007
Best Australian Film
- Greg Tepper Award - 2007
Best contribution to Victorian Film Community
Visual Software Distributors Association) - Home Entertainment
Awards - 2007
- Retail Title of the Year for an Independent Distributor
- Rental Title of the Year for an Independent Distributor
- Comedy/Romance Title of the Year (Across All films)