Matt Vesely is a South Australian writer/director, often combining his love of science fiction with a sincere view of human relationships. An inventive storyteller, Matt has directed a number of successful shorts and worked as a writer across TV and film.
Matt’s debut feature film MONOLITH premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival 2022, as part of the South Australian Film Corporation Inaugural Film Lab initiative, and will have its world premiere at the 2023 SXSW Festival.
Matt’s short film MY BEST FRIEND IS STUCK ON THE CEILING, starring Tom Ward (PLEASE LIKE ME) and Erin James (THE LITTLE DEATH) premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival in 2015. It was nominated for the DENDY Award for Best Australian Short at the Sydney Film Festival, receiving a special mention for the Short Screenplay Award. The film also won Best Comedy and Best Screenplay at the 2016 SA Screen Awards, Best Screenplay at Heart of Gold Film Festival 2017, and had its international premiere at Palm Springs International ShortFest, before playing Melbourne, Flickerfest and St Kilda Film Festivals.
Matt is also an incredibly skilled writer, working on ABC’s flagship iView series, the post-apocalyptic sci-fi WASTELANDER PANDA, and award-winning comic drama for ABC, FUCKING ADELAIDE. Matt has also worked as Clip Producer and writer on ABC Comedy series THE WEEKLY WITH CHARLIE PICKERING and in 2014, Matt was the recipient of the Colin Thiele Scholarship for Creative Writing.
In 2018, Matt’s feature script OVERHEATER – a dystopian romantic comedy – was shortlisted for the Australian Writer’s Guild’s John Hinde Award for best unproduced science fiction screenplay.
Matt works as Closer’s Development Manager with Sophie Hyde and Rebecca Summerton, and recently was the script producer for the SBS 4-part series THE HUNTING starring Asher Keddie and Richard Roxburgh. Matt was also script producer and writer on AFTERTASTE (ABC), starring Erik Thomson and Natalie Abbott.
Matt is currently in development on his own television and feature film projects, including a television series with Garth Davis.