Matthew J Gunn

Lucky to be bought up with a creative Mum, whose 1960s/70s ideals of freedom, cinema, art and music, rubbed itself onto her youngest son. Coupled with being a Leo (I was bought up with star signs and was probably one joint away from being called 'Moonbeam') writing and making films was a wonderful star to ascend to.

Studying Film in Southampton during the Britpop era I was lucky enough to be tutored briefly by the late great Ken Russell and Irish playwright Seamus Finnigan, both of whom I gained invaluable experience from.

Since graduating many moons ago I’ve been lucky enough to be a commissioned writer in film, stage, books and new media content, and have even picked up two awards along the way, one in theatre for ‘First Love’ and one in film for ‘Frank Phoenix’. People in education have been crazy enough to ask me to tutor writing workshops across these creative realms, where it’s been an honour to help ignite flair and ambition in students from writing to directing.

My other true love is Liverpool Football Club, a lifelong red, I still dream of playing for them despite being not only rubbish at football but way past a sportsmen’s retirement age. Taking us full circle, back to the best lesson my beautiful mum gave me ‘Never give up in your dreams, believe in yourself and you can achieve anything’.


South East



FEATURE CREDITS


TITLE: RASH




  • Genre: Urban Crime Drama

  • Company: Swing of the Shovel Productions

  • Role: Producer

  • Distribution: Worldwide distribution with Greenway Entertainment (VOD, DVD)

  • Synopsis: A young black musician, a female police officer and a paranoid conspiracy theorist - collide across the same forty-eight hours leading to tragedy in London.


 

TITLE: FRANK PHOENIX (now released as 100 BULLETS)




  • Genre: Neo-Noir

  • Company: Animus Pictures

  • Role: Screenwriter

  • Festivals: Award wins/nominations at LA Neo Noir, Buffalo Nigara, LA Cinefest.

  • Distribution: CinemaEpoch - Blu Ray, DVD and VOD across America

  • Synopsis: Five years ago Frank Phoenix robbed The Firm. Betrayed by his own crew and murdered the stolen Gold was never found. But could Frank Phoenix still be alive? Someone is planning revenge.


 

TITLE: A ROOM TO DIE FOR




  • Genre: Horror

  • Company: Champagne Charlie Productions

  • Role: Screenwriter & Producer

  • Festivals: Award nominated at British Horror Festival (screened at Empire)

  • Distribution: Worldwide distribution with 4Digital Media & Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

  • Synopsis: When a broke young couple rent a room in an elderly couples London house, no one appears to be who they really are.


 

TITLE: RIDE BY




  • Genre: Urban Crime Drama based on true story

  • Company: Ockham Films

  • Role: Screenplay

  • Distribution: Post Production. Cinema Release Autumn 2018.

  • Synopsis: Girl gang warfare leads to an innocent 5 year old getting caught in the crossfire.


 

TITLE: PATIENTS OF A SAINT




  • Genre: Horror

  • Company: Ockham Films & Golden Crab Films

  • Role: Story Concept & Screenplay

  • Distribution: Post Production

  • Synopsis: When medical trails are pushed to their limits, the most extreme tests end up on St. Leonards Island in the north Atlantic. A re-purposed prison for some of the world's most violent criminals. But when one experiment goes wrong, the entire island becomes a terrifying, disease riddled maze for desperate survivors.


 

TITLE: IMMIGRANT




  • Genre: Crime Drama

  • Company: Medan Productions

  • Role: Screenwriter

  • Distribution: Distributed on Itunes and across VOD sites through Distribber

  • Synopsis: An illegal immigrant cab driver works Soho. A prostitute on the run from her brutal pimp gets in his cab and begs for help. As their worlds collide can they escape London alive?


 

TITLE: THE WONDERFUL DIGBY




  • Genre: Music Documentary

  • Company: Swing of the Shovel Productions

  • Role: Screenwriter & Director

  • Distribution: Released worldwide all media through MY Production LTD

  • Synopsis: Follows grass roots performer gigging across UK & States building his new stage persona 'The Wonderful Digby'. The trails and tribulations on the road, venues and studios.


 

TITLE: TRILOGY ROOM 237




  • Genre: Black Comedy

  • Company: H2o Film & Casanova Entertainment

  • Role: Screenwriter

  • Distribution: European Television release and worldwide film festivals

  • Synopsis: A lonely Hit-Woman, a grand-master chess player and a schizophrenic psychiatrist lives dangerously collide in the same Hotel.


 

TITLE: SLEEPING WITH FISHES




  • Genre: Crime Drama

  • Company: Stray Monkey Productions

  • Role: Screenwriter & Director

  • Distribution: UK Film Festivals and Sky Films (Propeller Network)

  • Synopsis: Keith an addicted gambler has 32hours to find £20k. As his life spirals out of control he drags his girlfriend and family into his mess.


 

TITLE: THREE DOTS & A DASH




  • Genre: Crime Comedy

  • Company: Wordsmith Entertainment

  • Role: Script & Story Editor

  • Synopsis: Three Dots and a Dash is a crime comedy based on the lives of immigrants in London


 

TITLE: WAY OF THE WARRIOR




  • Genre: Martial Arts

  • Company: Swing of the Shovel Productions & Animus Pictures

  • Role: Screenwriter & Director

  • Status: Pre Production

  • Synopsis: Witness to notorious South London crime family the Caines crimes and vengeance, Li is left for dead but manages to escape north of the river. In hiding, Li, is nursed back to health by a mysterious woman, Athena, who trains him in a new martial arts built around self control and respect for all life. But Li yearns for revenge against the Caine family and begins taking part in underground fights in the hope of bringing these vicious criminals out of the shadows to face him.


 

TITLE: THE RIFLEMAN




  • Genre: Drama

  • Company: Animus Pictures

  • Role: Screenwriter & Director

  • Status: Development

  • Synopsis: Across a slum in the sky a military Sniper Rifle is assembled. An alarm rings, a man fires. Reloads, waits, then finds a new target. By the days end he will be known as The Rifleman.


 

 

THEATRE CREDITS


TITLE: TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY




  • Genre: Sporting Comedy

  • Company: StrayMonkeyProductions

  • Shown: Writer & Director

  • Distribution: Performances at London Courtyard Theatre & London Stage Festival

  • Synopsis: A famous footballer is smuggled into a struggling club on transfer deadline day but the deal turns out to be anything but smooth sailing!


 

TITLE: FIRST LOVE




  • Genre: Black Comedy

  • Company: H2o Theatre

  • Role: Writer

  • Shown: Performances across Europe.

  • *Winner of European playwright award.

  • Synopsis: A homeless man debates the true course of love.

  • Adaptation of Samuel Beckett's short story.


 

TITLE: HOT PANTS & FLARES




  • Genre: Musical

  • Company: MADS Stage & Dance School

  • Role: Writer

  • Shown: Performances at Rhoda McGraw Theatre.

  • Synopsis: In the late '70s Disco reaches is in full swing as a group of teenagers dream together, fight one another and fall in and out of love.


 

TITLE: STICKS & STONES




  • Genre: War Drama

  • Company: Gutted Film & theatre Company

  • Role: Script Editor & Assistant Director

  • Shown: Performances 1999 Jacksons Lane & 2001 Tricycle

  • *Irish Post Award Winning Play

  • Synopsis: Set over 30years following two families lives torn apart by the events of Bloody Sunday.


 

 

TELEVISION CREDITS


TITLE: DEPTFORD TO ANTARCTICA




  • Genre: Drama

  • Company: White Lantern Films

  • Role: Concept Creator

  • Status: Currently in Development. Pitching Netflix, Amazon, Channel 4 and BBC.

  • Synopsis: Based on autobiography of Greenpeace co-founder, Pete Wilkinson and Rainbow Warrior.


 

TITLE: ROCK N ROLL CHICK DIARIES




  • Genre: Nostalgic Drama

  • Company: White Lantern Films

  • Role: Concept Creator

  • Status: Currently in Development. Pitching Netflix, Amazon, Channel 4 and BBC.

  • Synopsis: 1963, Brighton, 15 year-old Sue Ealey finishes school and enters the changing world of swinging sixties dreaming of becoming famous.


 

TITLE: WHAT MAKES A FOOTBALL TEAM




  • Genre: Sporting Documentary

  • Company: Stray Monkey Productions & Sky Sports Xtra

  • Role: Concept Creator

  • Distribution: Developed and made with Sky Sports Xtra team for online release

  • Synopsis: Looking at key football team areas from goalkeepers to defenders, midfielders to attackers, and managers calling the shots


 

 

NOVEL


BRITPOP




  • Surreal Coming of Age Drama

  • Published (2006)

  • Author

  • Seven students keep a personal diary about University life during Britpop years of 94-97 is a strange city that holds many secrets.


 

STINKIN THINKIN




  • Psychological Crime Drama

  • Published (2008)

  • Author

  • A writer believes he's the main character in his new novel leading him on a journey of sex, lies and violence up to year 2000.


 

 

RADIO CREDITS


TITLE: BRITPOP TARTS




  • Genre: Comedy Soap Opera

  • Company: Forge Radio

  • Role: Serial Writer & Concept Creator

  • Distribution: Weekly show

  • Synopsis: Jarvis, Liam, Noel, Damon and Justine get into mischief round Camden Town at the height of Britpop!


 

 

SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP TUTOR


BRADFIELD COLLEGE




  • 2012-16

  • Film Screenwriting Workshops (A Levels)

  • Head Workshop Tutor & Course Manager


 

BIRBECK UNIVERSITY OF LONDON




  • 2009-16

  • Writing for TV (MA Level)

  • Guest Speaker & Workshop Tutor


 

QMC, WOKING, GUILDFORD & STRODES COLLEGES




  • 2008-16

  • Creative Writing & Film Making Workshop

  • Head Workshop Tutor & Course Manager


Animation, Books, Childrens writing, Comedy, Comedy (topical), Film, Online writing, Poetry, Radio, Scripted reality, Short story, Television, Theatre, Videogames