Concept art for Sleepwalker, written by Matt Wheeldon
Matt has written and directed drama, comedy, a US TV documentary series and numerous online ads. He has also produced over 100 live shows through ‘Popcorn Taxi’, a popular screen culture event he co-founded in Sydney and Melbourne.
Matt has a particular interest in comedy and thriller genres and is currently writing several film and TV projects:
Sleepwalker, a tense psychological thriller, is in the very late stages of development, following extensive consultancies with two Internationally regarded script editors in London and Sydney. The project has been developed with financial support from Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation. The original screenplay was also nominated for the AWG’s prestigious Monte Miller Award for ‘Best Un-produced Screenplay’.
Mirror Man, a high concept feature film, has also received development support from Screen Australia. The project has also been championed by Scripted Ink., an initiative of Aussie writer Shane Brennan (NCIS Showrunner and AWG President). Scripted Ink supported Matt during a three-week trip to Los Angeles for meetings.
Even Odds, a romantic comedy with broad appeal, is also in development, along with Open For Inspection, a low budget rom con. Mother Nature is an epic action-adventure time travel project at first draft stage.
Matt’s short Blind Date was acquired for worldwide distribution, screening at festivals, on TV and VOD platforms. Another short Just Not Cricket won Tropfest Second Prize. Matt has also directed numerous mini docs and ads for social media, and is a frequent director on a US documentary/travel series broadcast to 100 million people worldwide.
He is the proud recipient of the AFI / AACTA Byron Kennedy Award, for “Outstanding creative enterprise within Australian film and television”. The award is selected each year by director George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) together with a panel of his industry peers.