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.
His screenplay, the romantic drama "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.
Two other scripts include the family drama "Twigs", and the psychological horror/thriller "Troy Town", which is described as a "mind-f*ck 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”. "Troy Town" was recently 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.
Born in Melbourne, Victoria, he now resides in country Victoria with his partner and their chocolate spoodle, Coco. Matthew is also a qualified counsellor, with training in trauma and addiction.