As longtime fans of Jeff Goldsmith’s Q&A podcast, we’re thrilled to be interviewed for the January 2019 issue of his excellent screenwriting magazine, Backstory. We talk about our 2018 BloodList script Inner Beast. Read it here, and subscribe.
The kind folks at Script Pipeline also interviewed us about our journey working as screenwriters in Australia and the US. Take a look.
We’re stunned and thrilled to learn our horror/comedy pilot Inner Beast has made the 2018 BloodList, the entertainment industry’s yearly selection of the best unproduced horror and dark genre screenplays.
Inner Beast was selected in the Fresh Blood category, and the script is available to download and read from The BloodList website.
We’re grateful to BloodList founder Kailey Marsh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners for putting our pilot on a list that has championed so many cool genre scripts and writers.
We're thrilled to learn our horror-comedy pilot, Inner Beast, has been selected as a finalist in the 2018 Script Pipeline TV Writing Contest.
An earlier script of ours, My Fist Your Face, made the finals a few years ago, so we're excited to have been selected by this awesome and supportive organisation once more.
We’re looking forward to meeting the other finalists at the awards presentation event in LA in late July.
We're excited to have written three episodes in the latest season super-fun animated series Jar Dwellers SOS from Melbourne studio Viskatoons, currently airing on Channel 11 Australia. The Jar Dwellers are a bunch of adorable critters from far flung corners of the world, who were trapped and stored in glass jars 150 years ago. When science-loving Sophie and her brother David accidentally free them, they must protect the Jar Dwellers from evil Professor Van Riceberger and his long-suffering assistant Chang.
Catch up on the series via Ten Play.
Having recently relocated to Los Angeles, it was exciting to discover our comedy pilot My Fist Your Face was selected for the CineStory TV/Digital Retreat in Idyllwild, California. We had an amazing time working with fellow writers and mentors in a gorgeous mountain setting. We thoroughly recommend applying to their screenwriting labs.
The kind folks at LiveRead LA and Australians in Film also recently selected My Fist Your Face for their April live read in front of an audience at the Charlie Chaplin Theater at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles. Thanks to the incredible cast who brought the script to life, and the audience for such invaluable feedback.
We're happy to learn that our comedy pilot Easy, Tiger has been selected for the AWG's Pathways Showcase.
Easy, Tiger is a horror/comedy and a very Tasmanian take on the werewolf myth. Here's the logline:
A journalist is faced with a hairy situation: she discovers she's part Tasmanian tiger. Now she must lead a double-life to put her town off the scent and find a cure.
The script was also recently awarded Highly Commended in the AWG / ABC Laugh Out Loud contest.
Our first feature Event Zero, directed by Enzo Tedeschi, opens in select cinemas across Australia today, which is pretty darn exciting.
Screening at select cinemas across Australia:
NSW: United Warriewood, United Narellan, United Katoomba, United Collaroy, United Avalon, Majestic Katoomba, Majestic Inverell, Majestic Sawmill, Majestic Nambour, Majestic Port Macquarie, Majestic Nambucca Heads, and Majestic Singleton. QLD: United Indooroopilly VIC: United Craigieburn WA: United Rockingham SA: Mercury Adelaide
Event Zero is also part of the AACTA Festival of Australian Film screening series during August and September. Find your local session here.
Our new screenplay, They Should Be Dead, has made the quarterfinals of The Academy's Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, placing it in the top 5% of entries. They Should Be Dead is an action-comedy with supernatural elements. Fingers crossed for the upcoming Nicholl round!
We're thrilled that our comedy pilot script My Fist Your Face has been announced as one of eight scripts on the 2017 Aussie List, as part of Australians in Film's Gateway LA program.
My Fist is a project we've been developing for a couple of years, first born out of the ABC Fresh Blood comedy initiative. The script then went on to be a finalist in the 2015 Script Pipeline screenwriting contest and a Screencraft Pilot Launch quarterfinalist.
We're excited to announce the official trailer has landed for Australian political thriller feature film and series, Event Zero from Deadrock Films, Rockzeline and Black Pills, supported by Screen Australia.
We wrote Event Zero for director Enzo Tedeschi. Event Zero is closing night film at the 2017 Gold Coast Film Festival.
We're thrilled to be co-developing a new children's comedy series with our excellent producer pal Michael de Robbio at Pickle Pictures. It's currently titled Captain Cogg and will feature silliness and awesome robots. The project has received development support from the kind folks at the ABC and the Australian Children's Television Foundation. Further details at Pickle Pictures.
Event Zero will have its Australian premiere as the closing night film of the Gold Coast Film Festival on April 30 2017. We wrote Event Zero for Deadrock Films, Rockzeline and French network Black Pills. The film is directed by Enzo Tedeschi and stars Ash Ricardo (Offspring), Zoe Carides (Death in Brunswick, Janet King) and Nicholas Hope (Bad Boy Bubby, Ash vs Evil Dead). Adapted from the multi-award winning 2012 web series of the same name, Event Zero was co-financed by Screen Australia.
Tickets available here.
The folks at Monster Pictures invited Matthew to talk about his top five Australian films in honour of Invasion Day. Matt made sure they'd be sorry they ever asked.