Matthew Metcalfe Joins Eyeworks NZ Film And Drama
5 May 2008
Eyeworks’ New Film Development Initiative
Matthew Metcalfe joins EYEWORKS NZ Film and Drama
Eyeworks NZ takes a significant step in developing the film and television drama side of its business with the announcement that Matthew Metcalfe will join the company in July as Joint Head of Production for Film and TV Drama.
Eyeworks NZ CEO Julie Christie says, “Matthew is New Zealand’s most exciting and talented young producer and we will give him the support he needs to expand his already considerable slate. I’m confident that he, combined with veteran producer Robin Scholes, will jointly develop and build a sustainable film and drama business for Eyeworks. ”
Matthew Metcalfe says, “I am excited to be joining such a successful international company where I will have the support and resources to see a new slate of feature films into production. These films will reflect the international ambitions of the company and its growing reputation as a significant film and television drama provider to the world.”
While Matthew will develop his own films, he and existing development executive Robin Scholes will operate jointly on some projects, including a new film from director Glenn Standring (Perfect Creature). His ventures include a new project with writer Alan Sharp (Rob Roy, Dean Spanley) and a period drama/thriller set on the remote West Coast of New Zealand during World War II, as well as a major UK production based on a classic English novel not yet brought to the screen. Robin Scholes continues with a film directed by Brendan Donovan (Insider’s Guide to Love), an adaptation of Indian Ink’s Krishnan’s Dairy, development of local television series and telefeatures and some Korean co-productions.
The upcoming Glenn Standring film will draw on Matthew Metcalfe’s significant experience with UK co-productions. His current production Dean Spanley, which stars Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Peter O’Toole and Jeremy Northam, and is directed by Toa Fraser (No 2), follows on from the Lions Gate thriller Nemesis Game and the First Look Studios horror, The Ferryman. He has garnered significant co-production experience with the UK, Canada and Germany, having acted as producer or executive producer on five projects involving those countries and New Zealand. He will continue his strong ties with veteran UK producer Alan Harris. The pair have worked together on two features and are currently working on a select slate of UK and internationally focused productions.