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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’s debut 52 Tuesdays (director/producer/co-writer) won the directing award in World Cinema Dramatic at Sundance and the Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Her second film Animals, starring Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat, premiered at Sundance 2019. Her first episodic series F*!#ing Adelaide, created for ABC iView, screened at Berlin Film Festival and Series Mania in 2018. She produced and co-directed the acclaimed feature documentary Life in Movement, winner of the Australian Documentary Prize and the Cinedans Jury and Audience prizes. She has been commissioned to make screen based work for the National Portrait Gallery, Carriageworks and the Art Gallery of South Australia. 

 

Sophie produced Matthew Bate’s feature documentaries Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure and Sam Klemke’s Time Machine, which both premiered at Sundance, as well as Maya Newell’s feature documentary In My Blood It Runs, which premiered at HotDocs 2019. She believes strongly in nurturing new voices and was mentor and EP on A Field Guide to Being A 12-year-old-girl, the directorial debut of Tilda Cobham-Hervey which won the short film Crystal Bear at Berlin Film Festival. She has just finished production as creator/director/producer of The Hunting, a 4x1 hour series for SBS.

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Matthew Bate

Matthew is a writer, director and producer whose award-winning work has screened at a number of the world’s most prestigious film festivals and art galleries. He has created television series and one off films for SBS, ABC, Al Jazeera and The New York Times. Matthew won the 2013 Dendy Award for best short Drama, the 2010 MIFF award for Best Documentary and a 2015 AWGIE Award for Best Documentary Screenplay. His 2018 VR work Summation of Force took out the inaugural Imagine VR Award Amsterdam.

<FEATURES> SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE World Cinema Documentary Competition Sundance 2011 / True False / New Directors New Films MOMA & Lincoln Centre 2011 SAM KLEMKE'S TIME MACHINE – World Premiere New Frontier Sundance 2015 / Official Selection Rotterdam 'Bright Futures' / HotDocs / Winner 'Artistic Vision' Award Doc Aviv/ AWGIE Award Best Documentary Screenplay '15

<SHORTS + TV> THE MYSTERY OF FLYING KICKS Official Selection SXSW 2010 / Winner Best Short Doc Melbourne International Film Festival 2010. WHAT THE FUTURE SOUNDED LIKE – Premiere SXSW 2008 / CPH:DOX / SHEFFIELD '08. I WANT TO DANCE BETTER AT PARTIES Winner Dendy Award for Best Film 2014. VIC INVADES – New York Times OpDocs 2015. HANNAH GADSBY'S OZ - 3 x TV SERIES. 

<VIRTUAL REALITY> SUMMATION OF FORCE - Sundance New Frontier 2018 / STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU ACMI, SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY 2016.  ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WESTERN SUBURBS MIFF/AFF 2016 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 


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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). 

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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.


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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.

 

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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.