Peter Matthews graduated in Graphic Design and started his career in advertising. In 1986 he became a founder and creative head of the advertising agency Matthews & Charter, Ogilvy & Mather, which won many awards locally and internationally, and was rated in the top three most creative ad agencies in South Africa by FM. During this time Peter developed a passion for story-telling and directing. For him, emotion was the most powerful vehicle for effective communication, and Peter left advertising to become a film director in 1999.
Between 1999 – 2006 Peter conceptualised and directed many international and local commercials that received international award recognition – including the Cannes Bronze Winner, ‘Don’t Forget’ – a PSA focused on Alzheimers.
Between 2006-2008 Peter directed his first feature film, 'Oil on Water', which was released theatrically in South Africa and went on to obtain worldwide international distribution through E1 Entertainment. The film was awarded Best Feature Film at the Everglades International Film Festival and obtained official nominations and selections at nine other International Festivals.
Peter is the Director of the documentary ‘Township Yogi’, as well as a producer on the film with Blair Underwood and Elle Matthews, which is in distribution.
He is in development on the feature film, ‘Zulu - Day of the Dead Moon’ and an Animated Children's TV series, 'Animal Adventures in Africa'.
Peter is also developing Slate Film Studios and Slate Animation Studios in KwaZulu Natal, planned to open 2021.
Michael Matthews is a South African born film director. He graduated from City Varsity Film School after being awarded best director three years in a row. He has since been involved in more than 30 short films and directed over 14 of his own including a number of music videos.
Mike's films have been nominated and won awards both locally and internationally and his portfolio includes work for MTV (UK, USA and Base), Axe/Lynx, Nike, Kulula Airlines, Wrigleys and the Loeries Advertising Award. He has directed commercials in Australia as well as South Africa. His short feature film, 'Sweetheart', captured a global audience with its outstanding production values and direction.
In 2017, his first feature film 'Five Fingers for Marseilles' attained global recognition, including being a finalist at Toronto International Film Festival, Austin Film Festival and the London Film Festival.
Michael is currently in post production on a Paramount Pictures film, 'Monster Problems', due for global release in 2020.
He is also in development on a Canadian/South African co-production, 'Apocalypse Now Now'.