MATILDA BROWN

Matilda Brown has created, written, directed, produced and starred in two successful short form series including "Lessons From The Grave" for ABC and "Let's Talk About" for Seven Network and Presto.

She is also the creator of the online series called "The Cray" in which she highlights the conflicting sides of her mind to discuss everything from porn to online dating, diets, inappropriate crushes, love, sex, and everything in between. 

She has been a Tropfest finalist twice and starred in many Australian TV shows and short films and has won awards both nationally and internationally for filmmaking and acting.

How did you get into filmmaking?

Both my parents are filmmakers so it was a world I was very aware of and very acclimatised to. I had written from a young age and always loved photography, which I guess are two big elements of it. But ultimately, I really got into storytelling after I made a film for Tropfest in 2010. It's the collaboration I really love. It’s addictive.

Favourite short film of all time?

I don't know if it's "of all time" worthy but definitely one of my faves is a short film by Melbourne writer/actor Richard Davies called 'When The Wind Changes' directed by Alethea Jones. It's funny, quirky, whimsical and clever. 

Most valued asset onset when making a short film?

Morale. If you can bring together a team that's optimistic and enjoys challenges then you're winning. When the morale drops it feels like you're climbing a hill, but when the morale is up it feels like the most exciting thing in the world and even if the film is a flop at least you can say you had fun making it.

Top tip for emerging short filmmakers?

Set a deadline. If you don't you'll never start and you'll never finish. Set a deadline and tell people. That way you have to do it. Otherwise you'll be one of those people who say they're gonna do something and never do it. 

In three words, describe your first short film.

Terrible. Comedic. Dark.

What are you currently working on?

I'm about to go to Melbourne to direct a Web series for Channel Ten's Offspring. I'm also nearly finished writing the second series of Let's Talk About, a show I make for Presto which will shoot in August.