Matt Houghton is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary filmmaker with an eye for crafting intimate human stories. His films experiment in particular with form, often treading the line between fact and fiction and using his affinity for finding the compelling in the everyday to lead his storytelling. His latest short film Landline won the 2018 Grierson Award for Best Documentary Short. Made in partnership with Film London, the film is about the only helpline in the UK for gay farmers. His first short film Dear Araucaria, made in partnership with the Guardian, was released to much acclaim, winning the Audience Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015. In the past year, Matt has released two more shorts, Four Weddings, his second film made with the Guardian and Hands Up, Chin Down which had its world premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018.
During his residency, Matt is researching and developing his first feature project, Radio Blackout, a hybrid documentary about the New York Blackout in 2003. Part-social history, part-documentary, part-drama, the film will blur the boundaries between fact and fiction, memory and reality, painting a fractured portrait of a city in a moment of crisis.