Matthew Barker is an Australian screenwriter with a penchant for working in different genres including drama, romantic comedy and horror. He is already garnering a lot of attention for his work. Matthew is engaged with a number of producers who have his scripts in various degrees of development, from shopping around to get projects financed, to co-writing original works, right down to the “who are you and how did you get this number?”
His screenplay, the romantic dramedy "Out of Nowhere", about the relationship between two men, one of whom is a leading Aussie Rules football player too afraid to come out, won the Australian Writers Guild's 50th Anniversary "What's Love Got to Do With It?" National Screenwriting Competition. “Out of Nowhere” was most recently selected as the Grand Prize Winner in the international 2019 LGBTQ Screenwriting Contest.
Matthew’s screenplay “Troy Town”, a psychological horror/thriller (or "mind-fuck horror") with themes similar to those of Christopher Nolan's "Memento" and Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" through the lens of “The Shining” has also received international attention. "Troy Town" was shortlisted in the 2014/15 Australians in Film Gateway LA Screenwriting Program, and was also selected as a quarter- and semi-finalist in The Blood List's 2014 New Blood Screenwriting Contest. As well as being a finalist or semi-finalist in other competitions, “Troy Town” was most recently selected as a semi-finalist in the 2019 Edinburgh Screenwriting Competition and a finalist in the 2019 Big Apple Film Festival (BAFF) Screenwriting Competition.
Born in Melbourne, Victoria, he now resides in country Victoria with his husband and their chocolate spoodle, Coco. Matthew is also a qualified counsellor, with training in trauma and addiction.