Dr Matt Hawkins

Senior Lecturer

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Bedford Park (N339)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Matt is a playwright, screenwriter, lecturer, director, and co-founder of South Australian Playwrights Theatre. He has spent the last twenty years writing and directing his own plays and films and developing the work of other actors and screenwriters.

His television credits include The Micallef Program (ABC), Always Greener (7 Network) and Life Support (SBS). His feature films and shorts have appeared in over 30 international film festivals and his work has been loved by audiences in Australia, the UK and Ghana. Matt lectures in screenwriting and dramaturgy at Flinders University.

In 2018, he wrote and directed Frank Forbes and the Yahoo Boy , which was nominated for best professional production at the Adelaide Theatre Guide’s Curtain Call Awards. His other work includes Bordertown, the play and audio serial (2019 &; 2020), the monologue Unconditional Love for Playwriting Australia’s Dear Australia series, and the original production of The Deep North for the 2021 Adelaide Fringe Festival.


Doctor of Philosophy - Flinders University, South Australia (2009 – 2012)

Master of Arts in Film and Television - Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) (2001 – 2002)

Graduate Diploma in Education - University of Adelaide, South Australia (1992)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - University of Adelaide, South Australia (1986 – 1989)

Honours, awards and grants

Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation in Teaching Award 2019 for New Voices: a series of theatrical performance, written and directed by Screen and Media students to test out film and television ideas before a real audience.

Adelaide Theatre Review Curtain Call Awards Best Show Nomination 2018 for Frank Forbes and the Yahoo Boy

Claire Valley Film Festival - Best Short Film Award 2009 for The Next El Masri

Board Shorts Film Festival – Best Short Film 2009 for The Next El Masri

Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award Nomination 2002 – best screenplay for a short film for The Shot

Topic coordinator
SCME3100 Screen Industry Placement
SCME2071 Introduction to Screenwriting
DRAM3106 Dramaturgy and New Writing
CREA7001 Exegesis
HASS7000 Placement HASS
SCME3060 Applied Screenwriting
SCME9010 Major Project and Research
Topic lecturer
SCME1071 Screen Production
Further information


Double Happiness Uranium(2012)

Official Selection

  •     Boston Sci Fi Film Festival (USA, 2013)
  •     Uranium International Film Festival (Brazil, 2013)


Official selection:

  •     Edinburgh Short Film Festival (UK, 2004)
  •     Rhode Island International Film Festival (USA, 2004)
  •     Pyongyang International Film Festival (North Korea, 2004)
  •     Los Angeles International Film Festival (USA, 2004)
  •     Valladolid International Film Festival (Spain, 2004)
  •     Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films (USA, 2004)
  •     Osberg Film Festival (Germany, 2004)

Afterwards (2002)

Official selection:

  •     Aspen Shorts Festival (USA, 2002)
  •     Boston Jewish Film Festival (USA, 2002)
  •     St Kilda Film Festival, (Victoria, 2003)
  •     Flickerfest (NSW, 2003)
  •     Hot Springs Documentary Festival (USA, 2003)

The Shot (2001)

  •     Nominated for Australian Film Institute Award – Best Screenplay for a Short Film (2002)
  •     Winner of Adelaide Shorts Film Festival (2003)
  •     Tadgell's Bluebell Honour Award for Best Film or Video made by Adults about/for Youth -  Auburn International Film and Video Festival for Children and Young Adults (2002)

    Official selection:

  •     Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films (USA, 2002)
  •     Tampere Film Festival, (Finland, 2003)
  •     San Diego Cinema Society Film Festival (USA, 2003)
  •     Short Shorts Film Festival (Japan, 2003)
  •     St Kilda Film Festival (Victoria, 2003)
  •     Brief Encounters Short Film Festival (UK, 2003


The Deep North – An African Australian Musical

Produced by South Australian Playwrights Theatre. Funded by The Fringe Foundation, Arts SA and The Australia Council for the Arts


Produced by South Australian Playwrights Theatre (Adelaide, 2019)

Frank Forbes and the Yahoo Boy

Produced by South Australian Playwrights Theatre(Bakehouse Theatre, Adelaide, 2018)

Nominated for ‘Best Show’ Adelaide Theatre Review Curtain Call Awards 2018