Award-winning director Matt Harlock's drama and documentary films have been screened widely at festivals and on TV.
In 2011, Matt completed directing and producing his first feature film, ‘American The Bill Hicks Story’. An animated documentary on the life of the legendary cult comedian, ‘American’ was the 2nd most successful documentary released in UK cinemas in 2010, played over 40 international festivals, was Grierson-nominated and won several Best Documentary prizes (Dallas, Little Rock, Downtown LA, Biografilm Bologna). It is 6th on iTunes UK All-Time Bestsellers Docs chart and no.4 on Rotten Tomatoes Best Films of 2011.
Deep Clean Halflife Films is currently in pre-production on supernatural horror short Deep Clean, for which we raised £28,388 on Kickstarter, gaining Projects We Love status. We are working with Dan Martin of 13 Finger FX (Freefire, Highrise, Sightseers) and Territory Studio (Ghost in the Shell, Bladerunner 2049) It is the precursor to the feature, which will go into production in 2018.
Ink, Cocks & Rock'n'Roll, his most recent short film, premiered online on VICE.com June 2017. It has played London SFF, Dublin International, LOCO, won Shooting People's Film of the Month, and was nominated for Best Director at Fastnet, On Vous Ment and Raindance 2017, with Aesthetica, Exit 6 and MOTEL X screenings coming up.
Matt’s drama short films have been shown on VICE, Channel 4, Film4, HBO and Sky, winning awards from Manhattan SFF, TCM & Film London. Lollipop was commissioned by Channel 4, Toll was bought by Film 4 & HBO and was shown at over 30 festivals and supported by the British Council. The Clouds won the National 48 Hour Film Challenge, and Kingsize was British Council supported, screening at Cinefeel UK’s Pompidou Centre show.
He is currently developing feature projects Deep Clean and thriller Aftermath, and feature doc My Dad the Bank Robber. He was a Berlinale Talent in 2014.
Matt has worked extensively in commercial and corporate, often as creative as well as directing, for clients such as Intel, Sony, Vodafone, Orange, Dixons & Motorola (3 prestigious Stevie Awards in the US) & Microsoft (2 IVCA’s 2014).
Matt speaks at festivals internationally on marketing, VOD, distribution & presenting projects for
independent producers. His masterclass has been presented at SXSW, SheffDoc, Creative England, Film London,
SPAA Melbourne, Raindance, EastEndFF, Directors UK & LOCO.
Press He has been interviewed by/appeared on BBC 6 Music (3 times), Kermode & Mayo 5 Live (Film of the Week), Sirius XM, Anthony & Opie, PBS, NPR, KCRW & many more.
No Direction Home Matt is the founder of NDH, the director’s networking community, and recently hosted/interviewed Oscar-winning editor Walter Murch at Curzon Soho after a 35mm screening of The Conversation www.nodirectionhome.com
Reviews for American The Bill Hicks Story:
“Utterly inspiring...flawless” Maxim
“Fantastic....incredibly entertaining” Aint It Cool News
“Nothing short of astounding” Time Out
“Surely the most visually inventive bio-doc ever - a kinetic masterpiece” The Observer