Matthew
Hammett Knott

Writer and director for film and television

Matthew Hammett Knott is an award-winning director and screenwriter whose work has screened worldwide from London to Reykjavik, Moscow, Sydney, Berlin and Tel Aviv.

Matthew is currently writing a number of commissions for film and TV. These include Nefertiti, a comedy pilot for Channel 4 and Big Talk, and Glamrou, a musical feature for the BFI — both co-written with drag performer Amrou Al-Kadhi. He is also writing The Country Wife, a commission of his original pitch for Ecosse.

His debut feature film Bonobo, starring James Norton, premiered at Raindance where was nominated for Best British Feature. It received its international premiere in Reykjavik where it was nominated for the festival’s main prize, the Golden Puffin. Released theatrically in the UK, it played on 24 screens including 18 Picturehouse cinemas as part of their Discover Tuesdays programme. The film received excellent reviews including from The Telegraph, Time Out and Total Film who gave Bonobo four stars and called it “smart, funny and original”. It received a limited US release in 2016.

Matthew’s last short film On This Island, starring James Norton and Michele Valley from the Oscar-nominated Dogtooth, won Best British Short at Encounters and the Golden Egg for Best Short Film in Reykjavik. It also screened in competition at the world-famous Clermont Ferrand Festival and on Channel 4’s Shooting Gallery. His first short film Ouroboros starred BAFTA Award Winner Anamaria Marinca from the Palme d’or-winning 4 Months 3 Weeks & 2 Days.

He studied film in Havana, Cuba and at Cambridge University, and cites his key influences as Pedro Almodovar, Charlie Kaufman and Muriel’s Wedding.

He is also a songwriter published by SonyATV, and co-wrote Baby, a Silver-Certified UK airplay No.1, for Clean Bandit, Marina and Luis Fonsi.

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Television

Writer & Creator 

Producer Robert Bernstein
Ecosse Film
In Development
Producer Victoria Grew
Big Talk for Channel 4
In Development
Producer Justin Davies
Lucky Giant/NBC
Treatment

Film

Writer 

Neat Vodka
Feature
Producer Ileen Maisel

Adaptation of the Anna Blundy novel 

Amber Entertainment

Writer & Director 

Endor
In Development
Bonobo
Feature
Producer Farhana Bhula
Starring
  • James Norton
  • Tessa Peake-Jones
  • Nominated for Best British Feature, Raindance 2014

    Nominated for Golden Puffin, Reykjavik 2014

    “Touches upon themes of human nature and self-discovery with a charmingly delicate sense of wit… smart, funny and original” — ✭✭✭✭ Total Film
    On This Island
    Jury Prize, Best British Short, Encounters International Film Festival 2012
    Short
    Starring
  • James Norton
  • Broadcast on Channel 4's Shooting Gallery

    "A Kafka nightmare… Knott hits his target fair and square” — Little White Lies

    Jury Prize, Best British Short, Encounters International Film Festival 2012

    Golden Egg, Best Short Film, Reykjavik International Film Festival 2012

    Official Selection, International Competition, Clermont Ferrand 2013


    Official Selection, International Competition, Sydney Flickerfest 2013
    Producer Farhana Bhula