Emmy award-winning director Matthew Wortman believes the story of Brazil’s Amazonian frontier is one of the most engrossing and important tales of our time. Matthew has travelled extensively through the region, recording eyewitness accounts, which are the strength and back-bone of the FRONTIER story.
As with many of Matthew’s previous dramas, he intends to cast real life characters performing alongside professional actors. He has a long track record as a drama director and is renowned for his distinctive visual flair, for breaking the boundaries of conventional story-telling.
His critically acclaimed dramas include 'SURVIVING DISASTERS'; 'THE BUSBY BABES’, which dramatised the tragic events of the 1958 Munich Air crash and ‘THE SPY FROM MOSCOW’ (BBC1), an espionage thriller set against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis. NEFERTITI RESURRECTED won an Emmy and gained a Grierson nomination, giving the Discovery Channel one of its highest ever-global ratings.
"...eyewitness accounts, which are the strength and back-bone of the FRONTIER story... "
Producer – - Rodrigo Sarti Werthein
Studied Psychology at SUNY- Binghamton, cinema in UnB (University of Brasilia) and graduated in Film Direction at Cuba’s EICTV, in 2003. Worked as Executive Producer of the thirty-episode tv series Street Art ; the feature films We Others(Marina Dias) and Pinta (Jorge Alencar); a dozen of short films and television content for ESPN, FUTURA, GLOBO NEWS, among others. In 2014 was the executive producer of Marcos Jorge’s Mundo Cão and José Eduardo Belmonte’s Back and Forth, which he also produced. Both films were released in the first semester of 2016. In 2016 filmed Gabriela Amaral Almeida’s The Father’s Shadow, a co-production by Acere and RT Features.
ScreENwRITer - LAra MOoN
Lara has over 15 years’ experience screenwriting in the global film and television industries. After graduating London film school, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked as a Script Consultant and Screenwriter, and lectured at UCLA & USC film schools. Since returning to the UK in 2001 she has had 2 feature films theatrically released, several screenplays optioned and sold, and works consistently in TV drama.
Casting Director - Rose Wicksteed
Having started her career as a Casting Assistant, Rose worked on films including 'Inception', 'Chronicles of Narnia', and 'Bright Star'. Since 2009 she has been a solo Casting Director, working on films such as Scorsese's 'Hugo'. In 2012 she was nominated for an Artios Award for Outstanding Achievement in Casting for BAFTA award-winning short film 'Room 8' and in 2014 she was nominated as a Screen International Star of Tomorrow. Her casting on upcoming features include James Wan's 'The Conjuring 2', the BAFTA nominated and BIFA award winning 'The Survivalist'; 'Mine' starring Armie Hammer, and Sci-Fi thriller 'Redivider' produced by FilmNation. She also cast double Emmy nominated and Golden Globe nominated TV movie 'Nightingale' and Season 2 of 'Legends'.
Initial recces and early pre –production currently underway
Formal production starting Feb/March 2017.
Shoot: 6-8 weeks during April - May (depending on artistes availability)
Post Production: June - Aug
Go to market - Summer 2017.