Very excited to have my screenplay THEY WILL COME FOR YOU selected in competition at the 12th Annual "A Night Of Horror International Film Festival", Thursday, May 14th to Sunday, May 17th, 2020, at Hoyts Broadway cinemas, in Sydney, Australia. A Night of Horror International Film Festival in Sydney, is Australia's premier, longest-running, horror film event.
My latest horror screenplay "They Will Come For You" has been selected as a finalist in the Filmmatic Horror Screenplay Awards 2020.
My latest horror screenplay "They Will Come For You" has been selected as a quarter finalist in the 6th Annual Stage32 New Blood Screenwriting Competition. Very excited and proud to be selected along with other genre writers. One of my other scripts "Troy Town" was previously a quarter finalist and semi finalist in this competition. You put so much into a script and, when working "on spec" you just never know how it will go. So, to be recognised like this is a great boost to the confidence and a celebration of my work I'm going to soak up wholeheartedly!
Attended the Gunnas Writing Masterclass with the hilarious, irreverent, brilliant Catherine Deveny in Bendigo yesterday. Wasn't sure I was up for it after being away in New Zealand for the previous two weeks, but Dev blew away the cobwebs with her inimitable style. Anyone who writes, whether it be for fun or work, whether you get paid or not, whether you want to write your own memoirs or the next Australian literary masterpiece, I highly recommend doing this course. I also highly recommend Dev's book Use Your Words, which I read earlier this year and then signed up for her masterclass straight away. Not only is her book great for writers, I think it's a great book tonnes of inspiration and matter-of-fact wisdom. A piece of writing I slapped together during the masterclass is available on Dev's website (cause that's how generous she is to her "Gunnas" (participants in her Gunnas workshops). Please check it out (below) and let me know what you think! And don't forget to check out all the upcoming workshops with Dev, her books and where else you can see/hear her.
Human Intolerance Disorder - by Matthew Barker
About Catherine Deveny (from www.catherinedeveny.com):
Catherine Deveny is a writer, comedian, author of nine books, and speaker well known for her work as a columnist with The Age newspaper, as a Melbourne International Comedy Festival favourite and as an ABC regular. She published over 1000 columns with The Age newspaper, she’s appeared on ABC’s QandA six times and appeared in the Emmy award winning Go Back To Where You Came From on SBS television with Angry Anderson and Peter Reith. Wedged between her busy speaking and performing schedule and running Gunnas Writing Masterclasses she’s working her tenth book, a memoir for Black Inc Books and her fifth one woman show for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Very excited to have Out of Nowhere selected amongst the finalists in the Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay Competition. Congratulations to all the other official selections and the winners! Great company to be in!
Out Of Nowhere has just been selected as a finalist in the Big Apple Film Festival (BAFF) and Screenplay Competition in the LGBT section. The BAFF is named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s top “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” and “One of the 25 coolest Film Festivals”.
Coco (and Matty) made an appearance in the Gannawarra Times, the local newspaper for our area. Interviewed by Jenny Denton, the article covered recent screenplay recognition, inspirations and hopes.
Troy Town has been selected as one of twelve semi-finalists in the Edinburgh Screenwriting Competition 2019. The competition is part of Edinburgh Writers’ aim to launch the careers of cinema’s most original screenwriters by creating the world’s most prestigious screenwriting competition. “Our goal is to connect emerging original talent with the film industry’s movers and shakers so original storytellers can get their scripts into production. We want to infuse new energy into filmmaking by supporting writers who don’t want to tell the same stories over and over. A lot of writers don’t want to write formula films or stories that fit neatly into a box. They want the blood and guts of raw emotion and creativity.”
Out of Nowhere has won LGBTQ Writers’ 2019 LGBTQ Screenwriting Competition. The international competition was founded to further the craft of screenwriting in and about the LGBTQ community and to inspire and support writers and producers looking to produce more film and television projects about our communities.
Out of Nowhere previously won the Australian Writer’s Guild’s 50th Anniversary “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” Screenwriting Competition.
The July Logline Competition results are in! Check out these great examples of how to write a logline:
THE WINNEROur winner is Matthew Barker with his logline for ASSASSIN QUEEN, an action adventure:
“Elizabeth I, warrior queen and deadly assassin, plots to murder her former lover — the new king of France — before he can send his undead army to England for her head.”This story is bold, exciting, and a lot of fun. It’s easy to imagine this as a big summer blockbuster that attracts all sorts of audiences. And we love how compact this logline is — so clear and direct!
About Matthew (email@example.com – matthewbarker.com.au – Facebook – Twitter)Matthew Barker is an Australian screenwriter with feature and television projects in development. Since winning the Australian Writers’ Guild’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” national screenwriting competition for his feature script OUT OF NOWHERE, he has had other scripts place well in international competitions and programs, including being shortlisted the Australians in Film GatewayLA Screenplay Program 2015 for the script TROY TOWN. That script was a quarter- and semi-finalist in The Blood List’s 2014 New Blood Screenwriting Contest, shortlisted in Stage32’s 2015 Happy Writers Screenplay Contest, and also shortlisted in the 2015 Spotlight Screenplay Contest. Matthew is currently working on new scripts and pitching completed ones internationally.
The July Logline Competition results are in! Check out these great examples of how to write a logline:
THE WINNEROur winner is Matthew Barker with his logline for AS IT IS…, a half-hour pilot:
“After eons of bickering, God and Satan’s staff strip them of their powers and banish them to the Midwest where they must learn to get along as a middle-aged husband and wife or be stuck together forever.”What a fun twist on the family sit-com! This feels like an updated version of All In the Family, except Archie Bunker is actually the devil. We’d definitely watch this.
About Matthew (firstname.lastname@example.org – Website – @MatthewRWBarker – Facebook)Matthew Barker is an Australian screenwriter with two features in development. Since winning the Australian Writers’ Guild’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” national screenwriting competition for his feature script OUT OF NOWHERE, he has had other work place well in international competitions and programs, including being shortlisted in the Australians in Film Gateway LA Screenplay Program 2015 for the script TROY TOWN. That script was a quarter- and semi-finalist in The Blood List’s 2014 New Blood Screenwriting Contest, shortlisted in Stage32’s 2015 Happy Writers Screenplay Contest, and also shortlisted in the 2015 Spotlight Screenplay Contest. In 2015, Matthew was hired by Stu Levy at TokyoPop (executive producer of “Priest” starring Paul Bettany and Cam Gigandet) to write the big screen adaptation of the graphic novel series The Dreaming by Queenie Chan.
Troy Town was shortlisted into the Top 25 screenplays in the Spotlight Screenplay Competition.
Troy Town Quarter finalist in Stage 32 Annual Feature Content
Eighteen film and TV screenplays (Including Troy Town) have been shortlisted for the inaugural Gateway LA Script Development Program launched by Australians in Film (AiF).
After being selected as a quarter-finalist in the Stage 32 BloodList’s Search for New Blood Screenwriting Competition, Troy Town has now progressed to the semi-finals!
Troy Town has placed as a quarter-finalist in the 2014 Stage 32 Bloodlist’s Search for New Blood Screenwriting competition.
Daniel Feuerriegel (Spartacus: Blood and Sand) is attached to play the lead in Mayday Hill, an Australian horror/thriller inspired by true events:
Mayday has had a small title change and is now called Mayday Hill. The movie has been listed on the Internet Movie Database with award winning director Dean Francis (Drown, Road Train) to direct. Keep an eye on the film’s development here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3348158/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_1
The live reading of Out of Nowhere will take place on Wednesday 27th November at the Auspicious Incubator, 228 Bank Street, St Melbourne under the direction of award-winning director Corrie Chen
Very excited that Out of Nowhere will be staged as a live reading through the Victorian Branch of the Australian Writers Guild in Melbourne towards the end of November!
Shortlist & Winner of 'What's Love Got To Do With It?’
The Australian Writers' Guild congratulates the winner and shortlisted entrants of our 50th Anniversary 'What's Love Got To Do With It?' Screenwriting Competition.
The winning script is Out Of Nowhere by Matthew Barker from Victoria. Matthew wins a 20 February day pass to the NSC to attend the 'What’s Love Got To Do With It?' session, the Shameless Summer Soiree BBQ, and the evening’s entertainment starting with the legendary NSC Trivia Hour, plus a copy of Final Draft 8, a micro-mentorship with one of the panelists of the 'What’s Love Got To Do With It?' session, and his script will be read by renowned producers of the genre.
The two runners up are Kindred by Rachel Kelly from Victoria and Buenos Aires by Brendan Gore from Queensland. Rachel and Brendan will each receive a 20 February day pass to the NSC to attend the 'What’s Love Got To Do With It?' session, the Shameless Summer Soiree BBQ and the evening’s entertainment including Trivia Hour with quizmasters Mac Gudgeon and Jon Stephens.
These scripts have also been added to the AWG’s Pathways Program, an initiative designed to fast-track potential projects by matching the writer with targeted producers and production executives.
The judges were overwhelmed with the quality of scripts received, and commended all writers involved for making the selection process so difficult for them – they agonised over what was a very close call, which is why the announcement has come in slightly late.