Closer Productions is a collective of award-winning filmmakers based in Adelaide, South Australia. The Closer team has created entertaining and provocative documentary, drama and virtual reality films, which have screened in cinemas, TV, art galleries and at major festivals around the world. Closer creates work for all kinds of screens and many different audiences.  Closer also operate a services arm catering to a broad range of clients across education, business and the arts.

Sophie Hyde

Sophie Hyde is a founding member of film collective Closer Productions. She lives and works on the lands of the Kaurna people in South Australia.


Her debut feature drama 52 Tuesdays (director /producer /co-writer) won the Directing Award at Sundance and the Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. She directed and produced the Australian / Irish co-production Animals starring Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat. She created, produced and directed episodic series F*!#ing Adelaide, as well as the 4 x 1-hour series The Hunting (director Ep 4) which won two Australian Academy Awards and the Australian Writers Guild award for Best Series.


Sophie’s feature documentaries include Life in Movement (producer /co-director), winner of the Australian Documentary Prize, Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (producer) and Sam Klemke’s Time Machine (producer) and In My Blood It Runs (Producer). 


In 2021 she will direct the Emma Thompson starring Good Luck To You, Leo Grande. 



Matthew Bate


Matthew is a writer, director and producer. His debut feature film Shut Up, Little Man! premiered in competition at Sundance 2011 before being acquired by Tribeca Films. His sophomore film Sam Klemke’s Time Machine was selected for Sundance New Frontier and won Doc Aviv's 'Artistic Vision' Award and the 2014 AWGIE Award for best screenplay. Matthew’s short films have won the 2013 Dendy Awards for best short Drama and the 2010 MIFF award for Best Documentary. Matthew's 2018 VR work Summation of Force took out the inaugural Imagine VR Award Amsterdam and was selected for Sundance New Frontier 2018. In 2020 he wrote and directed SBS's first interactive TV show 'Are You Addicted to Technology? and was the co-creator, producer and writer on the Comedy TV Series AFTERTASTE starring Erik Thompson and Rachel Griffiths. 



Rebecca Summerton

Rebecca is a producer who works across genres and platforms and is the co-owner/director of the multi-award winning screen production company Closer Productions. Her feature film credits include break out low budget feature 52 Tuesdays, which won the directing award for World Cinema at Sundance and the Crystal Bear at Berlinale, and feature documentary Sam Klemke’s Time Machine which premiered at Sundance and in Official Selection at HotDocs and Rotterdam. Most recently Rebecca produced Animals, an Irish/Australian co-production based on the acclaimed novel, which premiered at Sundance 2019 and will release theatrically in the UK in August.

For television, Rebecca has made numerous documentaries including Dendy Award-winning I Want to Dance Better at Parties and three-part Arts series Hannah Gadsby’s Oz. She has made short works in virtual reality including the ACMI commissioned Stuck in the Middle with You and Sundance selected Summation of Force. Rebecca produced the 6-part online series F*!#ing Adelaide, which premiered at Series Mania and was the most watched ABC iView Original in 2018. Most recently she completed The Hunting, a 4 x 1 hour drama series which will premiere on SBS Television later this year.

Bryan Mason

Bryan is an award winning film maker, mainly specialising in cinematography and editing. Bryan shot, edited and produced the widely acclaimed 52 Tuesdays for which he won the Screen Editors of Australia award for best feature. In 2018, he shot and edited Animals, starring Alia Shawkat and Holliday Grainger, which had it’s world premiere at Sundance 2019. Bryan edited the feature film My Tehran for Sale (TIFF and Pusan film festivals 2009) the first Australian/Iranian feature film and feature documentaries Sam Klemke’s Time Machine (Sundance), Embrace a documentary about body image and Mother With A Gun which premiered internationally on Netflix.

He won an AACTA award for his editing on feature documentary Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure. He directed, shot and edited documentary Life in Movement, which won the Australian documentary prize at Sydney Film Festival. He shot and edited the ABC iView series Fucking Adelaide, as well as actor Tilda Cobham-Hervey’s directorial debut, A Field Guide to Being a 12-Year Old, which won the short film Crystal Bear at Berlinale 2018. Most recently, he edited Maya Newell's (Gayby Baby) second feature documentary, In My Blood It Runs, which premiered at HotDocs 2019. He has just finished post production as series editor of The Hunting, a 4x1 hour series for SBS.



Matthew Cormack

Matthew is an AWGIE winning and AACTA nominated screenwriter. His writing credits include feature film 52 Tuesdays (Crystal Bear at Berlinale Film Festival, AWGIE Award for Original Screenplay), episodic series F*!#ing Adelaide for ABC, the award-winning short film My Last Ten Hours with You. Matthew is writer and co-creator of the four-part SBS drama The Hunting due for release in 2019.

For the last 9 years, Matthew has also worked in development, production, and sales with Adelaide-based Closer Productions across such projects as feature documentaries Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure, Life in Movement and Sam Klemke's Time Machine, hybrid doco/drama I Want to Dance Better at Parties, co-creator of transmedia project My 52 Tuesdays, and was most recently script editor on feature drama Animals (Sundance 2019). 


Raynor Pettge

Raynor Pettge works as an editor, designer, and visual effects creator. Cutting his teeth on TVCs and corporate films, Raynor has since provided effects and motion graphics for a number of visually rich documentary productions including WHAT THE FUTURE SOUNDED LIKE, CONNECTED BY LIGHT, THE MYSTERY OF FLYING KICKS, as well as TV series such as HANNAH GADSBY'S OZ. He has also worked as a compositor on the People's Republic of Animation's Oscar-shortlisted short film The Cat Piano. Recently, Raynor was motion graphics creator on the Sundance selected feature documentaries SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE and SAM KLEMKE'S TIME MACHINE


He is also the technological backbone on which Closer Productions runs, carrying us brazenly into the 21st Century.


matt vesely

Matt started working with Closer as a script supervisor and one of the production managers (with Kerri Hudson) on feature 52 TUESDAYS and continued as a production manager for HANNAH GADSBY'S OZ and I WANT TO DANCE BETTER AT PARTIES. Matt now works as a permanent member of the production team, managing Closer's development slate. As the third Matt at Closer, he's made life difficult for everyone.


Matt is also an emerging director and screenwriter, as well as part-time stand up comic. Matt has made a number of successful shorts and worked as writer across TV & Film. In 2014, Matt won Adelaide Comedy’s Rising Star Award for Best New Comedian, and was the recipient of the Colin Thiele Scholarship for Creative Writing. In 2015, Matt’s latest short, MY BEST FRIEND IS STUCK ON THE CEILING, starring Tom Ward (PLEASE LIKE ME) and Erin James (THE LITTLE DEATH) and produced by Closer Productions, premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival. It went on to screen at Sydney Film Festival as a Dendy Award Finalist, Palm Springs International ShortFest, and Melbourne International Film Festival. In the featured image, Matt is wearing a beanie that makes him look like Batman, a not so secret dream of his.



maya newell

Maya is an Australian filmmaker with a focus on social impact documentary. She has directed award-winning short documentaries, Two (AFI Docs, Slamdance, Winner AIDC emerging talent) and Growing Up Gayby (ABC TV) and her feature documentary Gayby Baby (2015). Gayby Baby was selected for GoodPitch2 Australia 2014, premiered at Hot Docs, screened at London BFI, Doc Leipzig, Doc NYC, is on Netflix US and reached No. 1 on iTunes doc charts during it’s UK release. In Australia, the film famously caused a national stir when it was banned by the Australian State Government and is acknowledged as significant in the fight for Marriage Equality and Adoption Equality in Australia. Her second feature, In My Blood It Runs, was selected for Good Pitch Australia 2016, the Sundance Documentary Fund and Sundance Skywalker Music and Sound Design Labs. It premiered at HotDocs in 2019 and is due for release in 2020.