Matthew Bristow, Director, Bristow Films - 15th May
What's your background?
was born and raised on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.
Grew up and educated in the North shore. Attended
university, graduating with Bachelor of Economics
in accounting and mass communications. My first year
after university was spent working for an accounting
firm with clients in the film and television industry.
Thereafter worked for a season at the snow before
leaving for the UK to work and travel around the world
for four years.
did Bristow Films develop?
love films and all aspects of production. I developed
a company to make films and offer production and financial
services to the industry. The film and television
industry is structured around projects and operates
mostly with contractor services. Bristow
Films developed by contracting a variety of
services to the industry both in England and Australia
whilst making films. It became incorporated as a company
are your biggest accomplishments - life and business?
around the world to many countries with vastly different
cultures to Australia and making it home safely. During
the journey, I traveled from London to Guinea-Bissau
in West Africa and shot an independently financed
film titled XAFRIKA.
It took many years to complete and was a finalist
in the 18th Annual ATOM Awards 2000 in the
category of Creative/Innovative Production.
types of films do you prefer, and why?
prefer film noir thrillers. I enjoy the tight scripting,
quirky camera angles, the atmosphere, suspense and
intrigue. I also love epic films for their sense of
adventure and escapism.
are your favorite films, and why?
favourite films are by Alfred
Hitchock; I have seen 39 of his 52 features.
I also love films by Orson Welles
and David Lynch for their
sheer brilliance. Foreign and cult films for their
innovation and fresh approach. My favourite film is
Elephant Man directed
by David Lynch.
Who are your favourite actors
favourite actors are Orson Welles,
Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Gregory Peck
and Humphrey Bogart.
I enjoy their choice of films, style, talent and charisma.
is your favorite crime film?
Upon a Time in America' directed by Sergio Leone.
can you disclose about a potential underworld / private
investigator feature film or doco?
uncle, Tim Bristow has
recently passed away and he was a colourful Sydney
identity and notorious Private Investigator. Several
projects have developed including a book by author,
Kevin Perkins. There
is a documentary currently in production by Richard
Friar, which is an oral history on 'Big Tim'.
three writers including myself have written a feature
screenplay, a film noir set in Sydney and based upon
a short story. The inspiration for the idea came from
a 1992 magazine article titled 'Dangerous
Professions'. Interviews with a Lion Tamer and a Private
Investigator were on opposing pages. The juxtaposition
of the two worlds appeared excitingly colourful, surreal
yet sinister. The screenplay is titled, The Piece
and the Quiet.
had agreed to make a cameo appearance in the film,
so a character was written into the script called
'Uncle Tim' whose role essentially adds back-story
and further intrigue to the tale. I am currently looking
to workshop the screenplay and some great Australian
actors have already lent their support so it is naturally
a reflective but exciting time for me.
do you like to read?
I read I like to read Classics.
is your motto and favorite saying?
is too short to be unhappy'.
quest for knowledge.
have your drawn inspiration from?
Welles, Dali, Picasso, Miro and Max Bristow.
has been the turning point in your career?
around the world changed my perspective but more recently
focusing my attention on the craft of production as
opposed to the business of production finance.
are your biggest challenges?
inspirational feature films and fascinating paintings.
kind of person was "Big" Tim?
challenging, complex, gifted but at times a hard man.
Tim was loyal to friends and family but had a quick
temper and wicked sense of humour. A shrewd and well-connected
Private Investigator and to many a legend and Samaritan.
What technologies do you like
cameras and digital editing equipment.
has the Internet done for you?
Internet has connected me to 'shop fronts' in the
'global village'. Great for research, e-mails and
What is the best advice you
have ever been given?
careful what you wish for'.
is the biggest misconception about you?
I cannot be both creative and business minded.
do you like most about my website?
website's professionalism, detail and your sincere
quality of journalism reflect your motivation, and
that impresses me.
do you see your professional future?
and directing feature films.
else would you like to share with our audience?
Bristow's biography written by Kevin
Perkins is currently at the publishers and
due out in October this year. The book's current working
title is 'The Enforcer'
and has been a long time in the writing; in fact I
am told Kevin Perkins is the sixth writer to attempt
to document Tim Bristow's colourful life. Kevin is
a good man and gifted writer and thoroughly researches
his biographies. Understandably by choosing to write
a book about Tim's life, Kevin became well acquainted
with 'Uncle Tim'. My family and I are naturally interested
to read Kevin Perkins' perspective on Tim and hear
the side of Tim Bristow he has chosen to share with
Man Australia - Matthew Bristow telephone interview
Super 8 Film Group: Matthew Bristow profile
Man Australia: Matthew Bristow profile
Bristow article in the feature
Tim Bristow Story
book, Tim Bristow - Last of the hard Men, is now released.
Bristow. A legend. They called him Earthquake. The
Enforcer. Bruiser Bristow. Last of the hard men. The
toughest private eye in the world.
beat was the mean streets of Sydney which he ruled
with iron fists and cunning inside knowledge. Working
on the seamy side he bribed cops, belted criminals
and bent the law to get justice for those who couldnt
find it any other way. Never backed away from danger
or a challenge.
- Last Of The Hard Men, by Kevin Perkins