29 Years & Eight Days announced

29 Years & Eight Days, one of four new films from Meal Tickets director Matt de Koning, has launched a funding campaign through the Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF).

29 Years & Eight Days is said to be an intimate portrayal of Perth artist Matt Doust, an internationally renowned portrait painter from Perth who died suddenly from an epileptic fit in 2013.

“I’m looking forward to making my next film about my friend, Matt Doust,” de Koning told Cinema Australia in July.

“Matt and I were always best friends. Matt had an undeniable talent which surfaced in around year 10. I started filming Matt in the same way I started filming Screwtop Detonators,” de Koning said.

“Obviously Matt plays a big role in Meal Tickets but I want to tell Matt’s story. The talent that he had and the ambition he had was quite unique and I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone else who has had it like Matt had it.

“Tragically and sadly he is no longer with us but we’ve had chats and we will honour him and that’s what I plan to do.”

29 Years & Eight Days will be directed by de Koning and produced by Brooke Silcox. You can find out more about the campaign here.

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