Guy Pearce in Jack Irish, photo courtesy of Easy Tiger Productions.
An award-winning screenwriter and playwright, series creator, producer and showrunner, Matt Cameron began his professional career in 1992 as a comedy writer, penning monologue jokes for a national tonight show, before moving into sketch comedy then narrative comedy then long form drama.
Since that first drama foray with regular collaborator, Andrew Knight, on Seachange, he has written some of Australia’s most successful dramas: the ABC’s Jack Irish starring Guy Pearce (two telemovies adapted from the Peter Temple novels as well as two subsequent original six part series, the last of which he also produced), the Foxtel political thriller Secret City starring Jacki Weaver and Anna Torv (serving as showrunner on the recent second series), the Logie winning Seven Network mini-series Molly starring Samuel Johnson as Molly Meldrum, the AACTA Award-winning Best Mini Series Sunshine starring Anthony LaPaglia (series creator and co-producer) and the acclaimed Safe Harbour for SBS (with co-writer and director Belinda Chayko).
Other writing credits include ABC crime series Old School starring Sam Neill and Bryan Brown; Network Ten’s Crashburn; Shaun Micallef’s satirical comedy Newstopia for SBS; Eric Bana’s sketch show Eric (also producer) for the Seven Network; the AWGIE award-winning Foxtel comedy Introducing Gary Petty (creator and director); and ABC’s comedy classic Kath & Kim (script editor).
Matt has also written numerous plays for the theatre, including Ruby Moon, Tear From A Glass Eye, Mr Melancholy and Footprints On Water which have been produced locally and internationally. His writing awards include the ANPC/New Dramatists Award, the Wal Cherry Play of the Year Award and the British Council New International Playwriting Award.
His feature film debut, Poor Boy adapted from his original play and directed by Guy Pearce, is scheduled for production in 2019 with Aquarius Films.