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, Director, Glasgow Short Film Festival)

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

Matt Hulse is an artist, filmmaker and writer. His films have screened at dozens of festivals and galleries in 25+ countries internationally.

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) and is kept at the National Media Museum (UK), National Library of Scotland, Gallaudet University (Washington DC), The Wallace Library (Rochester, NY) and Fales Library (New York University).

He has been nominated on three occasions for The Jarman Award and twice for The Margaret Tait Award.

2019 will bring to light his third feature-length film, supported by Creative England and Creative ScotlandThe Hippies: Punk Rocked My Cradle watch trailer.

Matt’s second feature-length film Dummy Jim (2013) premiered at Rotterdam International Film Festival (nominated for a Tiger Award) and Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) (nominated for the Michael Powell Award). “Totally unique mixture of documentary, fiction and playful visual poetry.” watch trailer

The film’s interactive website was Highly Commended at Sense Scotland’s Helen Keller International Awards. In December 2015 he completed a major book on Dummy Jim.

Matt’s debut feature Follow The Master (2009) premiered at EIFF: “An inspired cinematic pleasure.”


★ Felix Schoeller Photo Award (Gold) (2017) ★ 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) ★ First Prize (Video) Transmediale Berlin (1999) ★ Fox Searchlight Best British Short Film (1998) ★ Scottish BAFTA™ New Talent Award (1998)


🎦 IS DAVID BOWIE HAPPY?  (HD, 4′, 2016) 🎦 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)


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)


Neighbourhood – Düsseldorf Photo Weekend 2018 ★ Konfluenz / Confluence –  Simone ten Hompel (A Life With Metal) (2016/7) – Ruthin Craft Centre / GSA Reid Gallery ★ 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.


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.

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), Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography (Armenia), RCA (London), University of DundeeUniversity of North Carolina (Film Studies Department), Sint Lukas School (Brussels), Sarah Lawrence College (NYC) and  Glasgow School of Art.

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

Collaborated with the Scottish Clarinet Quartet / Gameshow Outpatient creating projected moving image for live performances of The Parlour Guide to Exo-Politics.

Voice-over artist and sound designer on several award-winning short films.

Freelance tour leader to the DPRK (North Korea) for Koryo Tours.

He holds a Green Card for the USA.

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Matt Hulse April 2018