Matthew Holmes is an award-winning filmmaker who has been working in the film and advertising industry for 15 years.
He has deep passion for filmmaking and a firm grasp of cinematic storytelling. With a diverse range of skills including screenwriting, producing, photography, editing, storyboarding, sculpture and stop-motion animation Matthew is a director who is at the forefront of every aspect of his productions.
Matthew founded Two Tone Pictures in 2005. His directorial feature debut was 'Twin Rivers' (2007), a highly ambitious period drama that he self-financed and produced over 6 years. It has gone to receive critical acclaim, participation in several film festivals plus national DVD distribition and regular screenings on FOXTEL'S Ovation Channel.
Matthew also directed the indie feature comedy 'The Biscuit Effect' (2005) and the spin-off web series 'Crooked' (2009).
He is now in development of another feature film 'Territorial', an Australian adventure-thriller, being produced by Odin's Eye Entertainment and Wolf Creek Pictures.
Matthew has several feature screenplays in development, including two companion feature films to 'The Legend of Ben Hall''. He has also adapted Colin Thiele's children's novel 'Blue Fin' into a screenplay.
He also written an epic reimagining of the classic Greek mytholgy 'Jason and the Argonauts'.
"Since I was 14 years old, I always wanted to make an 'Australian' version of a the cowboy movies I loved so much - and still love today. I was lamenting to a fellow screenwriter that the Ned Kelly story had already been made into a recent film, which I something I always wanted to do from the age of 14.
My friend pointed out that there were many other bushrangers that were equally as prominent as Ned Kelly. I had never heard of Ben Hall, so I quikly began to investigate his history.
Within 48 hours, I was hooked the stories of Ben Hall, John Gilbert and Frank Gardiner. I was ordering every book written ever on him. A week later, I was in contact with Peter Bradley, asking if he would read my script to ensure it remained true to the history. That relationship has since extended into a 7-year association. Peter has been my go-to guy for every niggly question, and has taken the time to answer every single one.
I researched the story thoroughly for 2 years - endlessly. I dove into the research and storytelling with more fervour than any film project I've ever done, or maybe will ever do. Even to this day, I'm still discovering more.
By the end of 2009, I had a whopping 250 page script, the last third of which formed the basis for 'The Legend of Ben Hall'. I've been given a rare and wonderful opportunity to bring the last 9 months of Ben Hall's life to the big screen.
It is my hope that this film will create demand for the two prequel films I am writing that focus on other bushrangers such as Frank Gardiner and John Vane. These films will also bring Ben Hall and John Gilbert back to the screen for more bushranging excitment."