Matthew’s US TV show, Rogue, is in post-production on its second season for DirecTV, starring Thandie Newton and Cole Hauser. Matthew created the show and is Executive Producer.
He’s currently working with Ian Rankin on a crime show for Kudos. And is writing an international political thriller for Sony US and Red Arrow UK, with Stellan Skarsgård as the lead.
Matthew’s second feature film as director, The Caller, premiered at Berlin, where North American rights were snapped up by Sony Pictures. Universal took the UK.
Shot in Puerto Rico, the supernatural thriller stars Rachelle Lefevre (Under The Dome, Twilight), Stephen Moyer (True Blood) and Luis Guzmán (The Taking of Pelham 123). It was selected for the Edinburgh Film Festival, the Sitges Film Festival, the Busan Film Festival and Film Four’s FrightFest.
“A high-concept indie thriller… rich in atmosphere… a calling card for Parkhill.”
“Constructed at a Hitchcockian level of suspense and skill…”
Ain’t It Cool News
His first feature film as writer/director, dot the i, was shot for Summit Entertainment and starred Tom Hardy and Gael García Bernal. It was selected for the prestigious Premiere Section at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the Deauville Film Festival.
“(dot the i) is Matthew Parkhill’s ingenious romantic black comedy… I never saw the sublime twists coming in this startling film.”
Baz Bamigboye, The Daily Mail
“A hugely entertaining thriller … superbly acted … fiendishly executed.”
Kyle Smith, New York Post
“Two thumbs up… a wonderfully complicated love story.”
Ebert & Roeper
Recent work includes a feature script for Mickey Rourke about the life of gay Welsh rugby icon, Gareth Thomas; and The Olympian, a conspiracy thriller about corruption at Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympics, for Red Arrow TV.
Other recent work includes a remake of Rosemary’s Baby for Rigel Entertainment and Primeval for Impossible Pictures and ITV.
Other feature screenplays include: Killing An Arab, a political thriller about the 1956 Suez crisis and its parallels with the invasion of Iraq, for Alcove Entertainment; and 60 Pairs Of Calvin Kleins, based on his own award-winning novel.
Matthew wrote and directed The Trouble With George, which aired on BBC1 and picked up two Best Actress nominations at the Royal Television Society Awards 2005.
“(The Trouble With George is) Matthew Parkhill’s exquisitely rib-tickling black comedy… hilarious murder most horrid.”
The Daily Telegraph
He wrote and directed the bittersweet romantic comedy Sons, Daughters & Lovers for BBC1. The film won Best Drama and Best Actor at the Royal Television Society Awards 2004.
“(Sons, Daughters & Lovers is) an entertaining spin on the traditional generation-gap comedy… great fun… a real gem.”
Another of his scripts, Coming Up For Air (BBC1), earned Matthew a Best New Talent Nomination at the Royal Television Society Awards, 2003.
Matthew’s short film, Talk, won the Best Short Film Award at the Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival 2001. It was broadcast on ITV, Sky and Channel 4 and selected for competition at festivals worldwide, including Palm Springs and Raindance.
Another of his short films, If I Could, won the New Director’s Award at the Kinsale Advertising Festival, Ireland. He has also directed commercials for Citroen, BUPA and Powers whiskey. His Powers commercial won Gold at the Kinsale Advertising Festival, 2003.
Matthew graduated with a First in History from Cambridge University and has an MPhil in International Relations. His poems were included in the 1996 UNESCO world poetry collection. His first novel, And I Loved Them Madly, was published in 1995. He lectured for four years at Poitiers University, France, and has worked extensively at the least glamorous end of American psychiatric institutions.