Matthew J Gunn graduated with BA Hons Degree in Film from Southampton in 1997 (tutored in Script Writing by Shamus Finnegan & Directing by Ken Russell.) The last 10years he has built up Commissioned Writing employment for production companies dealing with Feature & Short Festival Films, Television Serials, London Theatres, Book Adaptations and Music Videos all as a Professional Commissioned Screenwriter. In 2002 with three other professionals he set up Stray Monkey Productions, to work as a creative outlet for ideas, completing an independent feature ‘Sleeping with Fishes’ (2006) screened on Sky Film Network and London Portobello Road Film Festival. In 2004 & 2008 he started a Local Workshop tutoring in scriptwriting and filmmaking, leading to tutor employment with the film school Cine Club and Queen Mary’s Basingstoke College as Screenwriter Tutor for A Level.
Recent Screenwriting Commissions include; Working in Europe with H2o Film on The Italian TV film ‘Trilogy Room 237’ directed by Award Winner Armando Costantino and European Short Film ‘Save As’. Adapting Samuel Beckett’s First Love short story into a European Stageplay for Director Nina Rolland. Creating the TV film ‘Sleeping with Fishes’ Sky Film Network (Propeller) and London Portobello Film Festival and the Musical Stageplay ‘Hot Pants and Flares’ for MADS Stage & Dance School (Rhoda McGraw Theatre 2008). Co-writing the military action/vampire movie ‘Shadow Recon’ (shooting 2009) with director Kris McManus (Animus Pictures) and ‘Horseman’ (Its No Joke Productions). Working as Script Editor for Unusual Suspects Ltd (film council) ‘Shottas Paradise’ about black youth gun-crime in London, led to a collaboration for the development of the ‘Britpop’ TV Series Pilot (based on his novel). The last 18months Matthew has become involved in animation writing including adapting UK animator/artist Martyn Pick’s graphic novel ‘Siege’ and most recently Script Editing ‘Pie’ for Homemade Arts & Entertainments. He has a long-term involvement with White Lantern Films (Bafta Nominees) with the nostalgic 1960’s Beatles inspired feature screenplay ‘YesterdaY’. His ‘Britpop’ obsession (!) also includes working on Forge Radio ‘Snap, Crackle & Britpop’ Sunday Show writing the radio comic soap opera ‘Britpop Tarts’. As an Author, Matthew has two published Novels ‘Britpop’; and now its sequel ‘Stinkin Thinkin’.
His favourite directors are Sam Peckinpah, Sergio Leone, John Pierre-Melville, Akira Kurosawa and Martin Scorsese. His favourite era of films is the ‘Easy Riders, Raging Bulls’ years of the late sixties, encompassing all the seventies ending in the start of the eighties. Matthew’s own writing is inspired by screenwriters Paul Schrader, Robert Towne and John Milius, and authors Brett Easton Ellis and Irvine Welsh.
Matthew’s true love is Liverpool Football Club and if he’d been any good he’d be playing for his beloved team every week! He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org but never email during a Liverpool game! If he could play guitar he’d be in The Rolling Stones 1967-1972, then leave quickly!