Matthew’s screen debut was as the eponymous lead in Bob Blunden’s Skinhead, after which he was cast in several other short films. He then went on to meet writer-director Neil McEnery-West who cast him as the protagonist Man in arthouse film Undertow, for which Matthew won Best Actor at the New York International Independent Film Festival. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw called Undertow ‘… gutsy and intriguing …’ and the film was featured in his Cannes review.
The success of Undertow led to Matthew’s first feature film role, in US production company The Triumvirate’s surreal drama Starlight & Superfish, shot on location in Detroit. Matthew played suicidal rocker Rex Redding alongside Tim Brennen (Hancock, Desperate Housewives) and Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids, Reno 911) and his performance won him Best Actor at the Michigan Blue Water Film Festival.
‘… fantastic … [with] incredibly witty dialogue and incredible heart … you feel for the helpless wannabe assassins, getting an insight into their loneliness through each other … the writer-director’s perspective on what being alone can drive human beings to do is outclassed only by the performances he pulls from the cast …’.
Having seen Matthew in BBC television’s Waking The Dead, writer-director JP Davidson cast him as the protagonist in his feature film Four Walls. Produced by Eyeline Entertainment (UK), the film is a psychological thriller inspired by the likes of Memento and American Psycho, and follows troubled property developer Malcolm Taylor as his world grows ever smaller. The film co-stars Amy Strange (Law & Order [UK], Homefront), Richard Pepple (Coriolanus [RSC], Nathan Barley) and Winston Ellis (The Dark Knight, Pirates Of The Caribbean). Four Walls is currently in post-production.
Aware of Matthew’s improvisation experience, writer-director Simon Baker (www.simonbaker.tv) contacted him with the offer of a role in his feature film Night Bus. The film is dialogue-led in the vein of Jim Jarmusch’s Night On Earth and uses a twenty-strong ensemble to improvise characters, dialogue and stories. Middle-class theatre-goers, urban ‘youths’, late night (immigrant) workers, drunks, addicts, tourists, revellers all feature. Watch the Night Bus trailer.
Matthew’s television career began in commercials, appearing as Bobby in Chic Farming for Stella Artois, as the freerunner in Waves for Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank and as music producer Day V Lately in Yell’s Pulse & Thunder campaign. Matthew’s TV drama debut came when he was cast as Soho gangster George Barlow in Waterloo, the concluding episode of flagship BBC crime series Waking The Dead, alongside David Bradley (Harry Potter, Harry Brown) and Paul McGann (Withnail & I, Empire Of The Sun). Telegraph reviewer Ed Cumming called Waterloo ‘… brilliant … with delicious twists … like a one-hour British Bourne film …’.