Young Adelaide film-maker Matthew Maio Mackay is not resting on his laurels.
Having recently completed A Tale of the Laundry Game last year, he is currently working on funding his next project Tooth 4 Tooth.
We caught up with Matthew for a chat about his burgeoning career.
A Tale of the Laundry Game screened last year in Melbourne as part of Monster Fest and is currently doing the short and horror festival circuits. Based on a Stephen King short-story, it was acquired through King’s Dollar Baby Program.
“[Stephen King] has this program for filmmakers where they can apply for stories that he has up for grabs which can be adapted into short films”. Mackay cast well-known local actors such as James McCluskey-Garcia, Marc Clement and Stephanie Rossi. A Tale of the Laundry Game screened last year in Melbourne as part of Monster Fest and is currently doing the short and horror festival circuits.
Mackay has several new projects in the pipeline, including Sweet Nothings which is set to star The Disaster Artist writer, Greg Sestero.
“I messaged him online and sent through the premise, which he liked, and he was able to help out.
It’s is more of a politically based horror film, that comments on social issues And Sestero wants more of a thriller as well.”
Also coming up is a musical short film, Rot’n’Roll with a cameo from actor and composer Eddie Perfect.
But Mackay’s next project is Tooth 4 Tooth, which centres around drag queens and religious oppression. He is currently securing the funding for this work through GoFundMe.
This young filmmaker takes diversity seriously, both in terms of filmic content, and of the composition of cast and crew.
“I’ve always tended to writer strong, female characters. My editor is female, and most of the cinematographers I’ve worked with have been female. I try to set up equal opportunity for everyone.”
Staying in the horror genre for now, Mackay believes that the form can embrace many facets.
“I think horror has the ability to tell many different stories. You’re scaring people but you can also put in messages that you want to communicate with an audience. They’re generally easier funds, people want to watch them, and they’re easier to create with a lower budget. “
A testament to the current accessibility of low-budget filmmaking, Matthew Mackay is a young man to watch.
You can contribute to the funding of Tooth 4 Tooth via this link.