STILLE NACHT is Matthew’s directorial debut, currently submitting to film festivals worldwide. Its World Premiere was held at the Academy Award Qualifying and BAFTA-recognised Flickerfest International Short Film Festival 2019, followed by its European Premiere at Down Under Berlin 2019, Europe’s leading festival for showcasing the current crop of Australian and New Zealand Cinema. Its Queensland Premiere was at the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival 2019, where it was also one of three films nominated for Best Cinematography. The film also boasts further achievements across the creative team with two nominations and one award for Best Original Music Score, awards for Best First Time Director and Best Student Short Film at the Los Angeles Cinematography Awards, and further nominations for Best Actress, Best Film Editing and Best Film Lighting.
Written by 2018 Heath Ledger Scholarship Winner Charmaine Bingwa & Meg Ryan (story by Matthew R. Young). Shot by 2019 Screen Australian Onbass Fellowship Winner and award-winning cinematographer Meg White. Produced by Meg Ryan & Matthew R. Young. Directorial debut by Matthew R. Young. Starring Belinda Giblin & Matilda Ridgway.
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A widowed German-Australian mother finds answers to generational secrets as her daughter faces a mysterious pregnancy.