Matthew Barker is an award winning Australian screenwriter who has been writing for several years. He hopes to develop stand-out horror features and TV, but also drama, thrillers and comedy. As a trained counsellor in trauma, grief, and addiction, Matthew creates authentic characters reflecting real human struggle, bringing an added reality to the escapism of horror. As a gay man, Matthew wants to reflect under-represented people on the screen such as those from the LGBTIQA+ community, where their story isn’t solely about their difference; where gay or transgender people get to save the day too. Matthew won an Australian Writers’ Guild national screenwriting competition and Best Feature Screenplay - Unproduced at the Night of Horror International Film Festival in Sydney. He has had work win or place well in national and international competitions and programs, including being shortlisted in the Australians in Film Gateway LA Screenplay Program. He has screenplays optioned in Australia and been hired by international producers to rewrite existing IP.