Ben Mathews is an award winning director, actor and writer. He is an acting graduate of the Atlantic Theater Company, New York, a directing graduate of the Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney and graduated as a screenwriter from AFTRS in 2012. In 2010, he was awarded the Kenneth B Myer Scholarship for Exceptional Talent and in 2012 won the Foxtel Scholarship for Exceptional New Talent.
Ben has directed film and theatre, both in Australia and the US. His short film Emily was nominated for the Foreign Film Award at the 2012 Student Academy Awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in Los Angeles. Emily also won the Audience Award at the Festival International des Ecoles de Cinéma, Belgium (FIDEC) in Belgium, the Camério Award for Best Short Film at Festival International de Cinéma Jeunesse de Rimouski in Canada and the Australian Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography. Among other festivals, it screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in the Cannes Cinephiles, Cinema des Antipodes and at the premier cinematography festival in the world, Plus Camerimage in Poland.
Ben’s documentary, Chrysalis was awarded the Shark Island Prize for Documentary and has begun screening at multiple festivals around the world.
In March 2012, Ben along with two of his colleagues, Kent Pearson and Shelley McLaren, won the MTV/Optus ONE80PROJECT with their trailer, Deadbeat Dads. For the first time in the competition’s history, the trio took out all three awards: the Judge’s Choice, the Public Vote and Best Student Entry. The pilot episode of Deadbeat Dads goes into production in 2012 and will premiere on MTV in April, 2013.
In 2011, with Manual Pictures, Ben conceived and directed an online viral hoax for the charity OzHarvest. It featured the Australian celebrity chef and MasterChef judge, Matt Moran. The video attracted the attention of the news media and reached over 4 million people in Australia and around the world in less than 48 hours, raising awareness for OzHarvest and the issue of food waste. The campaign won Bronze at the 2012 AWARD Awards in advertising and was nominated for the prestigious Sabre PR Awards in Singapore.
As an actor Ben has appeared in over 30 plays, working at Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir Street and Off-Broadway in New York City; in film and on Australian television. He has been fortunate enough to work or study alongside David Mamet, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Edward Albee, Clark Gregg, Jacki Weaver, Barrie Kosky and Neil Armfield among others. In 2012, Michael Hauge, the prestigious screenwriting expert from LA mentored Ben on his first feature film script.
Ben spent three and a half years living and working in New York, two years in Los Angeles and currently resides in Sydney. Born in Mexico, he holds dual Australian and American citizenship.