Matt Ferro has announced three new feature film projects set to be shot throughout various locations in Australia.
Based on international properties from Byron Bay, Paris and Istanbul, Ferro (The Matrix, Titanic) says, “each new production will have, that Hollywood flair, production value and vibe that connects with a global audience.”
The three new films in development are Studs Up based on a true Australian story about a Byron Bay football team who will become pregnant at the same time, Interference based on the Amelie Antoine’s psychological thriller of the same name and Red Reign, an epic love triangle set against an equally epic battle for the Mediterranean and Europe during the High Renaissance.
A native New Yorker, Ferro produced a string of indie films such as Vampire’s Kiss with Nicolas Cage before moving to Hollywood where he produced the visual effects for high-end motion pictures including Titanic, Face/Off, Alien: Resurrection and the X-Files Movie.
Landing in Sydney in 1998, Matt produced the visual effects winning the Academy Award for The Matrix. He returned in 2002 to work with George Miller and Animal Logic to devise and lead the creative and technical pipelines for the Oscar-winning animated feature, Happy Feet.
The Matrix and Happy Feet led to a relationship with Australia that now finds him happily married and settled in Sydney’s Hills region.
“I loved Australia. Who doesn’t dream of living here? So, I stayed,”
Since settling permanently in Sydney, Ferro’s directed a critically-acclaimed science documentary short for ESPN Films, been nominated for an ATOM award, directed television pilots and executive produced three seasons of network TV. But his love of feature film has brought him back to where he’s always made his biggest mark.