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About Matthew

BA (Hons) Film and Television Production graduate and scholar. Currently trying to make my way as a screenwriter.

I've written a number of produced short films, one of which premiered last year at the Viewster Online Film Festival. I received my first broadcast credit last year as a contributing writer on an episode of Newsjack, aired on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

I've placed in a number of international screenwriting competitions and festivals, including Screencraft's Action & Thriller Contest, the WeScreenplay International Screenwriting Competition and the Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival of Charleston, South Carolina.

I've also worked as a script reader for the BAFTA Award winning Hurricane Films. I currently work as a script reader for the BlueCat Screenplay Competition and Catch & Release Films, which is co-owned the producer of successful films such as 127 Hours, Foxcatcher, Precious and Mud, and the director Wildlike.

Credits

  • Newsjack - Series 11, Episode 4

    Newsjack - Series 11, Episode 4 (2014)
    Radio by BBC (Comedy and News) Contributing Writer Newsjack is a popular satirical comedy show that plays on BBC Radio 4 Extra with multiple annual series. The public are invited to submit their own jokes and sketches, and if chosen, receive a paid commission. My joke was performed on the show by popular British comedian Romesh Ranganathan.

  • The Sleeping Campus

    The Sleeping Campus (2014)
    Film (short) by Charles Taylor Hall (Action, Comedy, Crime and Thriller) Screenwriter / Actor The Sleeping Campus is a dark comedy film about a university student detective who is tasked to take down a local drug lord. The film riffs on popular film noir conventions. The film was produced for our final university short film and received a first class grade. Check it out on YouTube.

  • Brown's Screen Machine

    Brown's Screen Machine (2014)
    Television by Charles Taylor Hall / Matthew Hirons (Comedy, News and Talk-Show) Screenwriter / Co-Director / Co-Editor Brown's Screen Machine was a studio-based TV entertainment show that was concerned with all things pop-culture, with references to Breaking Bad, Sherlock, Doctor Who, etc. The show was scripted by myself and allowed room for improvisation between the cast of presenters. It was produced as a final year project at university and received a first-class grade. Feel free to check it out on YouTube.

  • The Line of Sanity

    The Line of Sanity (2013)
    Film (short) by Luke Shoesmith / Diana Brain (Horror and Thriller) Screenwriter / Actor The Line of Sanity tells the story of a prisoner of an asylum who attempts to escape, believing himself to be wrongly incarcerated. The film was produced in our 2nd year at university and premiered at the Viewster Online Film Festival. Check it out on YouTube.

  • It's All in the Family

    It's All in the Family (2012)
    Film (short) by Matthew Hirons (Comedy and Crime) Screenwriter / Director / Editor It's All in the Family was my first short film at university. It tells the story of a hitman that hates his job and is contracted to kill a TV star in a hotel. Check it out on YouTube.

  • Britain in a Day

    Britain in a Day (2012)
    Documentary by BBC, Scott Free Productions, Youtube / Morgan Matthews (Documentary) Compliance Control Britain in a Day was a feature-length crowdsourced documentary film co-produced by the BBC, Scott Free Productions and YouTube, and premiered on BBC Two in 2012. It was my job to watch videos that were submitted by the British public and to make sure that they were deemed acceptable by regulation standards, regarding things such as violence, drug use, hate speech, etc.

Awards

  • Freedom Film Festival Best Feature - Official Selection
    (2016)

  • WeScreenplay International Screenwriting Competition - Semi-finalist
    (2015)

  • Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest - Screenplay Finalist
    (2015)

  • Screencraft Short Screenplay Contest - Quarter-finalist
    (2015)

  • Screencraft Bahamas International Film Festival Residency - Quarter-finalist
    (2015)

  • Oaxaca Film Festival Global Screenwriting Challenge - Official Selection
    (2015)

  • Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest - Quarter-finalist
    (2015)

  • Chancellor's Scholarship - Edge Hill University
    (2014)

  • Screencraft Action & Thriller Script Contest - Quarter-finalist
    (2014)

Education

  • Edge Hill University
    (2011-2014)

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