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Biography

MATT CAMERON is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. his plays include Tear from a Glass Eye, winner of Wal Cherry Play of the Year Award with productions by Playbox, Black Swan and London’s Gate Theatre, where he was nominated for Evening Standard Awards; Footprints on Water, winner of British Council International New Playwriting Award with productions by Neonheart, Griffin and La Mama; Mr Melancholy, winner of ANPC/New Dramatists Award with productions by Griffin, La Boite, Chameleon as well as in New York, Paris and Poland; and The Eskimo Calling, produced by Neonheart at Malthouse Theatre and Belvoir B Sharp. For the Melbourne Theatre Company: Poor Boy, featuring the songs of Tim Finn, nominated for Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and co-produced by Sydney Theatre Company; Hinterland, nominated for NSW Premier’s Literary Award; Man the Balloon, nominated for Victorian Premier’s Literary Award; and a short play Whispering Death. Ruby Moon, nominated for Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and produced by MTC, STC, QTC, State Theatre of SA, Playbox, Neonheart as well as in England, Japan and Switzerland. Screen credits include Seachange, Crashburn, Newstopia, script editor for Kath & Kim and co-creator/co-writer/director of AWGIE award-winning Introducing Gary Petty.

For a rich guide to understanding more about the work of Matt Cameron  visit the 'What I wrote' series website where you can download Teacher's Notes, watch a trailer for the DVD and read information on the authors. 

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Mr. Melancholy / Footprints on Water
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Mr. Melancholy / Footprints on Water

Matt Cameron
 
Mr. Melancholy
An absurd comedy of solitude and sorrow.

Three hermits, living in a lighthouse without a light, discover a runaway circus clown washed ashore. 

Review
Cameron seems heir to the existentialism of a Samuel Beckett, the absurdities of a Goon Show and the hauntingly melancholic whimsy of cartoonist Michael Leunig. -  The Bulletin


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Footprints on Water
A darkly comic parable of belief and judgment.

A religious zealot wills God to wipe out his morally bankrupt village so he can start the world again.

Review
Exudes a palpable sense of apocalypse. If Footprints on Water is any indication, Australian theatre is in safe hands. - The Age


 
Cast : Mr Melancholy - 2M, 2F / Footprints on Water - 4M, 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-939-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Poor Boy
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Poor Boy

Matt Cameron and Tim Finn
 
Jeremy Glass is an untroubled little boy until his seventh birthday, when he suddenly announces that he is really a grown man called Danny, who died some years before. How can his parents indulge his conviction that he must find his real family? And how can his eerie insistence on his true identity not resurrect painful memories for Danny’s widow?
   
With songs from Tim Finn adding expressionistic commentary on the action, Matt Cameron’s Poor Boy delivers a supernatural story steeped in loss, anguish and redemption.

Published in conjunction with Melbourne Theatre Company.


   Awards
  • 2009 VIC Premier's Literary Awards - Best Musical Theatre Script (shortlist)
   Resources
   Review
  • How rewarding to rummage through Matt Cameron’s mind. What a find. A true original. - The Age

Cast : 4M, 4F, including 1 boy
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-850-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Ruby Moon
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Ruby Moon

Matt Cameron
 
In Flaming Tree Grove, life appears to be picture perfect. Security and privacy are coveted and seclusion is its own reward. Until the day when little Ruby sets off to visit her grandmother at the end of the cul-de-sac and is never seen again. The neighbourhood fractures into grief and suspicion in the search for answers to a terrible deprivation. Then a parcel arrives on her parents' doorstep...


   Resources
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Cast : 1M, 1F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-774-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Tear from a Glass Eye
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Tear from a Glass Eye

Matt Cameron
 
In this absurdist tale, a man called Titus is found unconscious in the desert. He has lost his memory. A woman suffering from burn wounds waits on a beach for an overhead plane to explode and fall into the sea. Titus, for whom she is waiting, is listed as a passenger on the flight.

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Cast : 3M, 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-559-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB