Matthew Sanger is an English archive producer/researcher living and working in London and Barcelona. For nearly twenty years, Matthew has worked with some of the UK’s most celebrated and innovative production companies, gaining extensive experience in researching, sourcing and licensing archive material for most genres of television, as well as for feature films, concerts, exhibitions, art installations, commercials, retail DVDs, music videos and corporate videos. He offers intelligent, creative and comprehensive archive research for both footage and stills whether news, feature film or television clips, personalities, music performances, music videos, stock or archive footage, modern or historical.
Matthew has worked on numerous prestigious television programmes broadcast on BBC, Channel 4, ITV, CNN, National Geographic Channel and Discovery Channel, as well as feature-length documentaries for worldwide theatrical release. He has collaborated with some of the UK’s most distinguished journalists/filmmakers including, Charlie Brooker, Michael Cockerell, Victor Lewis-Smith, Nick Robinson, Jon Ronson, Jonathan Ross and Peter Taylor. He has worked on visuals for concerts by the Rolling Stones, U2 and New Order, installations for British artist Isaac Julien and the Rolling Stones exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery.
BBC documentary – ‘Lucien Freud: Painted Life’ won RTS Award in 2012 for Best Arts programme.
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.
Matthew’s specialisms include all aspects of visual research, copyright clearance and licensing, including contracts and ‘fair dealing’. He has expertise in music clearance and licensing as well as clearance of third parties and celebrities. Experience working on both small and large-scale projects, and with archive budgets of varying scales, provide him with a sound knowledge of the financial aspects of the role. Hard working, conscientious, flexible in terms of timescales and highly creative, Matthew is committed to searching out the right shot, however obscure or difficult to find.