Nick’s New York state of mind
Film director, writer and cinematographer Nick Remy Matthews (BA(Hons) ’96) has been making films since he was twelve years old.
“The budgets have gone up a little bit since then, and I’m not roping my mum into acting in my work anymore!” says Nick.
Instead, much to his mum’s relief, Nick is rubbing shoulders with the likes of Tom Hanks and is knee-deep in the New York film scene.
As part of his arts degree at Flinders University, Nick studied acting and filmmaking. “I knew I wanted a creative life but I wasn’t sure what exactly to do about it. At Flinders I had the opportunity to experiment with cameras and it was here that I developed a love for filmmaking and cinematography.”
After graduating from Flinders, and a failed attempt to get into Sydney’s Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Nick moved to Europe to create his own path into the industry. With a focus on “being prolific”, his belief in working hard and consistently being productive has paid off.
“My first job was on Steven Spielberg’s mini-series Band of Brothers. I worked as a ‘slave’ in the camera department and learnt all about how big film sets work - it was a brilliant introduction to the industry. I remember sitting next to Tom Hanks and thinking ‘hang on, a minute ago I was making wedding videos in Adelaide’."