Closer Productions is an Adelaide-based film production co.


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 is a director and producer who makes provocative and intimate drama and documentary work. She directed, produced and co-wrote the innovative feature drama 52 TUESDAYS which won the directing award for world cinema at Sundance 2014 and the Crystal Bear at the Berlinale 2014.


As a producer, her documentaries include SAM KLEMKE'S TIME MACHINE (Sundance 2015) SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE (Sundance 2011) and LIFE IN MOVEMENT (Australian Documentary Prize 2012), which she also co-directed.  Sophie was Executive Producer on TV projects including STUNT LOVE and Dendy Award winning I WANT TO DANCE BETTER AT PARTIESShe is currently a recipient of Screen Australia’s Feature Enterprise Program.

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. 





Bryan Mason

bryan mason

Bryan Mason is a multi-skilled director of Closer Productions.  Having created 4 acclaimed skateboarding films Bryan is now an award winning editor and cinematographer. 


Bryan shot, edited and produced the widely acclaimed 52 TUESDAYS for which he won the Screen Editors of Australia award for best feature.  He won an AACTA award for his editing on feature documentary SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE and has won numerous awards for cinematography across his short/feature and dance film work.  He Directed/shot and edited documentary LIFE IN MOVEMENT, which won the Australian documentary prize in 2011 Sydney Film Festival. He recently edited short film MY BEST FRIEND IS STUCK ON THE CEILING and feature doc SAM KLEMKE'S TIME MACHINE



Rebecca Summerton

Bec is a producer with many years experience in television and film. Prior to joining Closer, Bec worked at the South Australian Film Corporation where she was instrumental in establishing their low budget feature initiative FilmLab; innovative for its risk-taking approach to financing films without market attachment and its focus on teams rather than projects.


Recently, Bec produced the doco/drama hybrid I WANT TO DANCE BETTER AT PARTIES and the 3-part ABC Arts series HANNAH GADSBY'S OZ. She is also one of the producers on the award winning feature drama 52 TUESDAYS. Bec's most recent project was director Matthew Bate's feature documentary SAM KLEMKE'S TIME MACHINE, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

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 Fucking Adelaide for ABC, the award-winning short film My Last Ten Hours with You, as well as co-creator of transmedia project My 52 Tuesdays.


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 MisadventureLife in Movement and Sam Klemke's Time Machine, and hybrid doco/drama I Want to Dance Better at Parties.


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

Vesely / Batman


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.