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Matthew Dabner


Trained at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, Matthew started his career in the story department at Icon Productions in Los Angeles in 1996.

Returning to Australia in 1999 Matthew became the Head of Development for Alex Proyas at Mystery Clock Cinema where he was responsible for developing I, Robot starring Will Smith, Garage Days, and a pilot for the Sci-Fi channel, Riverworld.

Matthew went on to start up the production company Film Depot with Louise Smith and Kath Shelper, where he co-wrote and executive produced the contemporary noir feature The Square with Joel Edgerton. The film was released theatrically in Australia, the U.S. and France and was nominated for seven AFI Awards including Best Original Screenplay. Matthew and Joel won the Film Critics Circle prize for Best Original Screenplay.

Matthew followed up the success of The Square by producing Cedar Boys for writer/director Serhat Caradee, an IF Award Nominee for Best Feature in 2009 and Sydney Film Festival Audience Award Winner.

Matthew has worked as a freelance script editor and script consultant, has assessed for Screen Australia and most of the state film agencies within Australia and devised and delivered script-focused workshops for NIDA, ScreenWest and Screen QLD.  Matthew’s credits as a script editor include the ABC telemovie Riot, about the origins of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and the first season of The Family Law for SBS.