Matthew Saville

Writer / Director

Matthew Saville is an award-winning director for film and television. He has most recently directed Friday on My Mind, a miniseries based on Australian band The Easybeats, and he is also developing a number of feature projects. He is currently in production on the final series of acclaimed ABC drama Rake.

In 2016 Matthew directed season four of Please Like Me, Josh Thomas’ multi-award-winning comedy series for the ABC, the fifth episode of which, ‘Burrito Bowl’, earned Matthew a 2017 ADG Award for Best Direction in a TV Comedy Program. Matthew also directed the first three series of Please Like Me, and won the ADG Award for Best Direction in both 2014 and 2015 for his episodes ‘Portuguese Custard Tarts’ and ‘Scroggin’. He also directed Seven Types of Ambiguity for Matchbox and ABC, and Eddie Perfect’s comedy pilot The Future is Expensive for Goalpost Pictures and ABC iView.

In 2011, Matthew directed the highly acclaimed mini-series realisation of Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet, produced by Screentime for Showtime Australia. He was one of the directors on the award-winning ABC series, The Slap, adapted from the bestselling novel by Christos Tsiolkas – Matthew’s episode “Harry” was awarded an AACTA for Best Direction in Television. Matthew’s other television credits include Foxtel’s Tangle; Chris Lilley’s cult hit series We Can Be Heroes, which screened on the Sundance Channel in the US and won the Rose d’or for Best Comedy Series; The King based on the life of comic genius Graham Kennedy which won three AFI Awards; The Surgeon; and East of Everything.

Matthew wrote, directed and produced his latest feature film A Month of Sundays, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 - a festival he is all too familiar with after his feature Felony (written by and starring Joel Edgerton) premiered there two years earlier. Felony also screened at the Newport Beach International Film Festival, Montclair Film Festival and Louisiana International Film Festival. Noise, Matthew’s first feature, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for nine AFI Awards including Best Film, Best Actor, Best Screenplay and Best Director. That same year, Noise was voted Best Australian Film by the Australian Film Critics’ Association, and won six Film Critics’ Circle of Australia Awards, including Best Direction and Best Film.

Matthew first rose to prominence directing comedy for television. He worked on both skitHouse for Channel Ten and Big Bite for the Seven Network. In 2003, his award-winning short comedy feature Roy Höllsdotter Live screened at an array of festivals and on SBS. The film was voted best short film at the 2003 Lexus IF Awards, where Matthew was also honoured with the Best Rising Talent Award.

Matthew also wrote the libretto for a contemporary opera, Crossing Live, which was performed by Chamber Made Opera in September 2007.

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