Matthew Thorne is an Australian film director and photographer whose work is focused around the relationship between people, land, mortality and spirituality.

Recent work includes intertextual film and photographic project, "The Sand That Ate The Sea" a narrative short film shot in opal mining country in South Australia about fatherhood and grief. "Gaib" a docu-narative film shot on 16mm in a remote fishing village in West Java about death, spirituality, and community. A documentary series "Positive Movements" shot in Baltimore and Philadelphia following two communities groups in two of the most violent, underprivileged communities in America- and their positive messages. Reportage photography series shot in Iran, and Russia. And a photography book, "For My Father", shot in Japan and published via Palm* (UK).

Commercial work includes additional second unit direction and photography for Alien: Covenant, photography for Huawei with Henry Cavill & Scarlett Johansson, photography on Justin Kurzel’s feature film "The True History Of The Kelly Gang", and Direction for commercial film work for Lexus, Audi and Qantas.

Matthew’s film work has been shown at the Cannes Lions Festival, Young Director Award (Cannes Lions Festival), One Screen Awards (The One Show), LA Music Video Festival, Adfest & Spikes Asia, And his photography has been exhibited in Melbourne, Sydney and Berlin.


Awards and Festivals

2017   Gold Lotus - Adfest (Film)
2016   Bronze Lion - Cannes Lions
2016   Silver Spikes - Spikes Asia (Film)
2016   Silver Clio - Clio Awards (Film Technique)
2016   Bronze Clio - Clio Awards (Film)
2014   Gold Young Director Award - Cannes Lions
2014   One Screen Award  - One Show
2014   Official Selection - LA Music Video Festival


2019   "Gaib" Tinning Street Presents, Melbourne (Solo Exhibition)
2018   "The Sand That Ate The Sea" 222 Rosslyn Gallery, Melbourne (Solo Exhibition)
2017   "For My Father" m2 Gallery, Sydney (Solo Exhibition)
2016   "The Real Housewives of Neukölln" The Club, Berlin (Group Exhibition)


2018   "For My Father" Palm* (UK), ISBN: 978-0-9934450-4-0


2018 This On That (Interview)
2018   The Heavy Collective (Interview)
2018   FotoRoom (Interview)
2018   Monster Children (Interview)
2018   Unveild (Interview)
2018   C41 (Interview)
2018   Then There Was Us (Interview)