Matthew Thorne is a young Australian film director, and photographer whose work is focused around the relationship between time, community, land, mortality, and spirituality.

His 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 myth, family and grief. "Gaib" a docu-narrative film shot on 16mm in a remote fishing village in West Java about death, faith, and community. A documentary series "Positive Movements" shot in Baltimore and Philadelphia following an Australian artist Hego as he worked with two community groups in two of the most underprivileged (and dangerous) communities in America - and their positive messages.

Other work includes additional second unit direction and photography for Ridley Scott’s film Alien: Covenant, photography on Justin Kurzel’s feature film True History Of The Kelly Gang, album art for Nick Cave and the Badseed’s upcoming album, and photography for Susie Cave’s fashion label “The Vampires Wife”.

Matthew has also shot reportage photography series’ in Iran, South America, and Russia; and commercial photography for Huawei with Scarlett Johansson and Henry Cavill via Ridley Scott and Associates (RSA).

In 2018 Matthew’s first photo book - "For My Father" - of photos taken in Japan with his father the week before he died was published via Palm* (UK).

Matthew’s film work has screened at festivals including the Cannes Lions Festival, Young Director Award (Cannes Lions Festival), LA Music Video Festival. And his photography has been exhibited in Melbourne, Sydney, and Berlin. 

Matthew currently lives between Berlin and Melbourne.



2019   "The Sand That Ate The Sea" Sun Studios, Sydney (Solo Exhibition)
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   The Heavy Collective (Interview)
2018   FotoRoom (Interview)
2018   C41 (Interview)
2018 This On That (Interview)