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Matthew Bate

Matthew Bate creates documentaries dealing with obsessive people, pop-culture and outsider artists. Matt’s films are marked by unique storytelling devices and an experimental visual style. His 2006 film What The Future Sounded Like, is a visually and sonically experimental exploration into the genesis of electronic music, and was in Official Selection at SXSW 2006, MIFF 07 and CPH: DOX amongst others. In 2007 Matt directed the first documentary co-production between SBS Australia and Al Jazeera and in 2008 completed Connected By Light, a film about world-renowned new media artist Lynette Wallworth. Most recently Matt directed The Mystery of Flying Kicks, a film exploring what relationship sneakers on telephone wires have with murder, drugs, sex and politics. The film was made entirely from contributions of imagery and phone message bank stories from the global online public. The film has been in selection at SXSW, Sheffield Docfest, Edinburgh FF and took out Best Short Doc at MIFF 2010, where Matt was also an Accelerator talent camp participant. Matt is is currently in production on his first feature-length documentary about the infamous audio-verite recordings SHUT UP LITTLE MAN!

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