Biography

Matthew has over twenty years’ experience researching, sourcing and licensing archive material for most genres of television, as well as for feature films, concerts, exhibitions, art installations, theatre productions, commercials, retail DVDs and music videos. He offers intelligent, creative and comprehensive archive research for both footage and stills for all types of material – whether news, feature film or television clips, personalities, music performances, music videos, stock or archive, modern or historical.

During this time Matthew has worked on many prestigious programmes for BBC, Channel 4, ITV, CNN, National Geographic Channel, History Channel, Discovery Channel, Netflix and HBO as well as feature-length documentaries for worldwide theatrical release; working with celebrated and award-winning journalists, academics & filmmakers, including Ben Anthony, Darren Aronofsky, Mary Beard, Charlie Brooker, Michael Cockerell, Victor Lewis-Smith, Ursula Macfarlane, David Olusoga, Nick Robinson, Jon Ronson, Jonathan Ross, Simon Schama, Nic Stacey, Peter Taylor and Anthony Wonke.

Matthew’s archive work on commercial projects has included U2’s ground-breaking – Innocence & Experience World Tour and Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Tour, Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour and Rolling Stones’ No Filter Tour, as well as the celebrated Rolling Stones exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, Apollo 11 – The Immersive Live Show at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles and audio-visual art installations for British artist – Isaac Julien.

Matthew’s specialisms include all aspects of visual research, copyright clearance and licensing, including contracts and fair dealing. He also has expertise in music and literary clearance/licensing as well as clearance of third parties, celebrities, brands and intellectual properties. Experience working on both small and large-scale projects, and with archive budgets of varying scales, has provided him with a sound knowledge of the financial aspects of the role. He is hard working, conscientious, flexible in terms of timescales, highly creative and committed to searching out the right shot, however obscure or difficult to find.

BBC Arena – ‘A British Guide to the End of the World’ nominated for FOCAL Award 2020 in Best History Feature category.

Disney+ series – ‘The World According to Jeff Goldblum’ winner at 2020 Critics Choice Real TV Awards for Best Structured Series and nominated for Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series at Primetime Emmy Awards 2020.

HBO/Channel 4 feature documentary – ‘Unmasking Jihadi John: Anatomy of a Terrorist’ nominated for BAFTA 2020 in best Current Affairs category and Emmy at the 41st News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

National Geographic Channel series ‘One Strange Rock’ won three Wildscreen Awards and nominated at Grierson Awards 2018 for Best Science Documentary.

Matthew’s short film ‘Mask’, made entirely using ITN/Reuters archive footage, was nominated as one of the three finalists in ITN’s Short Film Competition 2016 and screened at Sheffield Fest Doc in June 2016.

BBC documentary – ‘Lucien Freud: Painted Life’ won RTS Award in 2012 for Best Arts programme.