MATTHEW ROWNEY

Internationally award-winning director and producer. 

ORIGIN STORY

Matthew’s love for film began a long time ago in a cinema far, far away. Sitting in a dimly lit movie theatre, his feet barely reaching the end of his seat, Matthew watched Disney’s Aladdin (1992) for the first time.

For those who know it (who doesn’t?), the film begins with Robin Williams’s Genie beckoning the audience to “come closer”. For Matthew, it was an invitation gratefully received. He’s spent his entire life moving closer and closer to the magic of the movies, heading behind the scenes to feed his passion for motion pictures.

While studying film at the University of Bournemouth, Matthew made his directorial debut with a web-series called The Red Zone (2011-12). The series was made on a shoestring with a vast cast of established actors. It scored more than 140,000 views online and its trailer was named as the 108th highest viewed video on YouTube (December 2011).

EXPERIENCE

After The Red Zone, Matthew’s appetite was whet. He moved on to direct and produce short films ranging from historical fantasies such as Ani (2012) to a spy-film-with-a-difference, A Spy in the Diner (2013).

He then added the one-shot vignette Killing Remy (2013) to his credits, and has made a myriad of comedies such as the award-winning One Shot (2014), followed by two loose sequels, The Bank Jobs (2015) and Agent Henshaw: The Spy Who Never Was (2015).

He’s also lent his talents to two horror movie parodies: Bump in the Night (2015) and Serial Caller (2016).

After graduating from university in 2013, Matthew worked as shadow director on BBC One’s EastEnders as well as BBC Three’s Being Human. He has also worked in the art department on ITV/PBS’s Downton Abbey and has experience working at the motion capture and lifecasting facilities in Elstree and Pinewood Studios.

More recently, Matthew was hired to direct two episodes of British sitcom Flat 32, and IBZ – a short film exposé of the nightlife scene in Ibiza. The latter was shot on location in Portugal.

SUCCESS & AWARDS

Matthew’s greatest success came with I Am the Doorway (2015), which has been nominated for 38 awards and won 21 accolades.

An adaptation of Stephen King’s short story of the same name, the short took home Best Director and Best Ensemble at Los Angeles Film Festival Awards in 2015. It has been screened at multiple Comic Conventions in the USA, including Rhode Island Comic Con.

His follow-up project, Superboy: Son of Tomorrow (2016) won 8 awards with a further 5 nominations, including Best Film at The Superman Celebration Festival, Illinois in 2016.

Best Director – Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards – I Am The Doorway (2015)

Best Director – Texas Ultimate Shorts – I Am The Doorway (2016)

Best Director – Wendy’s Shorts – I Am The Doorway (2016)

Best Director – Hollywood International Moving Picture Film Festival – I Am The Doorway (2016)

Best Production Design – Hollywood International Moving Picture Film Festival- I Am The Doorway (2016)

Best Cinematography – Hollywood International Moving Picture Film Festival – I Am The Doorway (2016)

Best Director – Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards – Superboy (2016)

Best Director – GardenCity International Film Festival – I Am The Doorway (2016)
 
Best Director – Hollywood International Moving Picture Film Festival – Serial Caller (2017)

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