About Matt Hulse

“Matt Hulse makes cinema out of whatever is to hand – he transforms the everyday and banal into something striking, witty and beautiful.” (Matt Lloyd, Co-Director, Glasgow Short Film Festival, 2011)

“In the twilight zone between art and cinema – Hulse makes images like Stockhausen makes music.” (Simon Field, Director, IFFR, 2001)

Matt Hulse is an artist filmmaker working with moving image, music, sound, performance, social media, word and community. His films have screened in 25 countries internationally.

Canongate Books numbered him in The Future 40, a listing of artists who ‘tell beautiful stories in their own unique way’ and who in the opinion of creative organisations and individuals across Scotland ‘will dominate the next 40 years’.

His work features in Time Out’s 1000 Films to Change Your Life (Simon Cropper 2006) and A History of Experimental Film & Video (A.L.Rees 1999).

His work is represented at the National Media Museum (UK), National Library of Scotland and Gallaudet University (Washington DC).

He has twice been nominated for both The Jarman Award and The Margaret Tait Award.


Matt is currently working on projects in the UK, China and North Korea.

He is four years into the development of his third feature-length film – The Hippies: Punk Rocked My Cradle (supported by Creative England and BBC Storyville).

The Hippies were a bizarre English punk band formed in ’79 by the Hulse children, Toby (12), Matt (11) and Polly (8). Their sole cassette EP A Sound for the Future explored rabies, assassination & dystopia.

Mixing documentary, fiction and animation the film investigates a time of personal and social upheaval, for the band and their family – set against the wider, unsettled social landscape of post-punk England ’79 one minute teaser

Matt’s second feature length film Dummy Jim (2013) was an Official Selection at Rotterdam International Film Festival where it enjoyed four sell-out public screenings and was nominated for a prestigious Tiger Award. It premiered in the UK at Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) and was nominated for the Michael Powell Award.

Artistic director Chris Fujiwara described the film as “a totally unique mixture of documentary, fiction and playful visual poetry”.

The film’s interactive website Dummy Jim took Highly Commended at Sense Scotland’s Helen Keller International Awards.

Matt presented the film as a work-in-progress at sell-out events at Edinburgh International Book Festival (Unbound) and UnionDocs (NYC) in 2011.

In 2014 he toured the film independently throughout Scotland along with electronica duo / film composers The Twelve Hour Foundation. Film Hub Scotland’s first national tour, the project drew capacity audiences, including in more remote areas such as Wick, Portsoy and Glenesk official trailer

Matt’s debut feature Follow The Master premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival (2009) and was the second-fastest selling film of the festival: “An inspired cinematic pleasure.” (EIFF).

The film toured multiple venues in Scotland with Tilda Swinton and Mark Cousin’s A Pilgrimage and was featured on BBC R4’s Ramblings.


🎦 RASON RHYTHM (HD, 3′, 2014)  🎦 WITHIN THE FIRMAMENT OF THE EDIBLE (HD, 7′, 2014) ★ TOGETHER APART (HD, 10′, 2014)  🎦 SUMMER 3 (HD, 5′, 2012) 🎦 ELVIS: THE LONELY HUNTER OF CIRCLE BEACH (HD, 6′, 2012) ★ HARRACHOV (S8/16mm on 35mm, 10′, 2006) 🎦 HALF LIFE (S8 on DV, 6′, 2004) ★ OVERHEATED: UNDIMINISHED INTENSITY MIX (S8 on DV, 8′, 2001) 🎦 HOTEL CENTRAL (S8/16 on 35mm, 10′, 2000) 🎦 WEE THREE (16mm, 6′, 1998) ★ TAKE ME HOME (S8/CG on 16mm, 7′, 1997) ★ SINE DIE (S8, 4′, 1994)


Audience Award 9. Dresdner Schmalfilmtage (2009) ★ Hoppe-Ritter Teamwork Award 21st Stuttgart Filmwinter (2008) ★ Kodak Animation Award San Francisco Art Institute Film Festival (2004) ★ Special Award for Film Split Festival of New Film (2001) ★ Best Experimental Film Melbourne International Film Festival (2001) ★ SAC Creative Scotland Award (2001) ★ First Prize (Video) Transmediale Berlin (1999) ★ Fox Searchlight Best British Short Film (1998) ★ Scottish BAFTA™ New Talent Award (1998)


Zajia Lab Beijing (2015) ★ Unheard Festival Amsterdam (2011) ★ Nova Cinema Brussels (2008) ★ ICA London (London Short Film Festival) (2007) ★ Festival International du Film de La Rochelle (2005) ★ Art Institute Chicago (Gene Siskel Film Centre) (2004) ★ MACBA Barcelona (L’Alternativa) (2003) ★ Centre for Contemporary Art Warsaw (Kinolab) (2003) ★ Filmfest Dresden (2002)


Better To Wear Out Shoes Than Sheets – Gymnasium Gallery (Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2013) ★ Inside the Artist’s Workplace – Cameron Art Museum Wilmington NC (2012) ★ Dog Park – G Gallery Houston USA (2012) ★ Aller À Ouessant: Vidéo Sur L’Ile # 2 – Brest (2010) ★ Follow a Thread (Six Contemporary Responses to Tapestry) – Dovecot Edinburgh & Tour (2009) ★ Running Time: Artists Film in Scotland 1960 to Now – Dean Gallery Edinburgh (2009) ★ Figuring Landscapes: Artists’ Moving Image from UK & Australia – International Touring Exhibition (2009) ★ Let Me Show You Some Things – CCA Glasgow (2008) ★ Undercover Surrealism – Hayward Gallery London (2006) ★ A Century of Artists’ Film in Britain – Tate Britain London (2003) ★ Fabula – National Media Museum Bradford (2003)


ACES (Aberdeen University Centre for Environmental Sustainability) (2013) ★ Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (2013) ★ Cucalorus Film Festival (Wilmington NC 2012) ★ Wooda Arts (North Cornwall 2009) ★ Centre for Contemporary Art (Warsaw 2004)


The Audible Picture Show (founded 2003, ongoing) International touring show of audio works for cinema by a diversity of visual artists, sound artists, film makers, animators, writers, radio makers and musicians, presented in the dark ★ FilmCraft (Dovecot, Edinburgh, 2009) Live events & screenings exploring relationships between craft & the moving image, with particular emphasis on textiles ★ Sign Language Cinema (2002-3 & 2006) Journeys into deaf moving image culture. Screenings, presentations & events at Edinburgh Filmhouse & Glasgow Film Theatre ★The Sound of Loozak (2001) Audio pieces by a diversity of makers installed in the public toilets of The Arches, Glasgow.


Jury member at Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Britspotting (Berlin) and ZEBRA Poetry Film Award (Berlin).

Participant on the Artist As Leader Lab (2007) hosted by Pal Labs / On The Edge Research (Robert Gordon University), a focus group whose research results impacted upon Scottish Government arts and cultural policy.

Participant / director on the Video for Dance Workshop at Glasgow Film and Video Workshop (1995) led by New York choreographer Merce Cunningham.

Experimental Film Tutor at Edinburgh College of Art (2003-2008) and ad-hoc lecturer at TUMO (Yerevan, Armenia) RCA (London), University of North Carolina (Film Studies Department), Sint Lukas School (Brussels) and Glasgow School of Art.

Freelance textile designer for fashion and furnishing, selling designs to Europe, Japan and USA (1991-96).

Collaborator with composer Max Richter creating film projection for live performances of The Blue Notebooks and Richter’s recomposition of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ for Deutsche Grammophon. Concerts have included Wordless Music Season (NYC), Unsound Festival (Krakow) & Teatro Della Pergola (Florence).

Sound designer on many award-winning short films.

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Matt Hulse May 2015