Matt Peterson ACS is a Director, multi Emmy Award-winning Director of Photography, and twice winner of the prestigious Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) award, the Golden Tripod. Recently he was honored by the Australian Cinematographers Society with accreditation and can proudly use the letters ACS after his name.
Known for his poetic coverage of extreme sports, where he displays an innate ability to anticipate his subject’s next move, has ensured Matt is one of the most sought-after cinematographers in the sports world.
Matt’s assignments have included the ASP World Surf Tour, Dakar Rally (Africa and South America), Olympics (Sydney, Athens, Beijing), Winter Extreme Games, and the Ironman World Championships filmed in Hawaii.
Crisscrossing the globe filming in some of the most rugged conditions in the world, Matt has managed to capture the essence of each destination - from the Andes Mountains to the Sahara desert and the dangerous waves of Teahupoo - yet he is equally adept in the studio shooting high-end commercials and look packages, portraits and openers for clients including Coca Cola, Gatorade, Puma, Under Armour, Izod, 5-Hour Energy Drink, NFL, Super Bowl, NHL, IndyCar, MLS, New York Knicks and Tour de France.
He has translated this wealth of experience and technical skills to short and long form features, effortlessly capturing the spirit and soul of each character in his sought-after signature style. Set in the slums of Durban, DEAR MANDELA was Matt’s debut feature-length documentary as Director of Photography. DEAR MANDELA has won a plethora of awards including Best Documentary and Grand Jury Prize, 2012 Brooklyn Film Festival; Golden Butterfly Award, 2012 Amnesty International Movies That Matter Film Festival; Best Documentary, 2012 Montreal International Black Film Festival; Best South African Documentary, 2011 Durban International Film Festival and was nominated for an African Academy Award. Variety described the film as, “Stirring...evocatively shot, lucidly edited…through excellent cinematography…”
Currently Matt is in production with two feature-length documentaries; UNITED SKATES, about the underground world of a hip-hop style of roller skating; and MIDSUMMER IN NEWTOWN which follows the Sandy Hook community as it refuses to be defined by tragedy and is determined to come together and deal with the aftermath through the transformative power of the arts.
Although based in New York, Matt regularly makes the pilgrimage back to his homeland of Australia where he'll often be found watching cricket, a sport he hopes will one day take off in America.