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Matthew Kalil

Matthew Kalil’s work is marked by a deep understanding and inspired use of narrative, collaboration and subtext to distill sensitive performances and create meaningful cinema.

He has an MA in Screenwriting from the Northern School of Film and Television (UK) and 20 years of experience in directing, editing and writing for film, as well as script editing, acting and coaching.

Matthew Kalil’s projects and collaborations have been screened, broadcast and exhibited in Canada, Denmark, Morocco, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Thailand, the United States, United Kingdom, and throughout his home country, South Africa.

Kalil has lectured at various institutions including the University of Cape Town, AFDA Film School and TISH, New York University.

Here is a copy of Matthew Kalil’s CV.


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Coaching for Acting

Matthew Kalil offers specialised one-on-one and group classes for aspiring and experienced actors as well as directors who want to learn how to communicate better with their actors. The sessions interrogate the multivalent craft of acting for camera, and cover analysis of scripts, inhabiting the body, articulation and voice work, and mindfulness of character.

The sessions can be personalised for specific projects and roles.

For more information visit the contact section.

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Paul Morkel

Matthew is particularly skilled at working with actors and has a particular ability to get the best out of new inexperienced ones. He is a visual person with well developed technical knowledge and a keen sense of structure and rhythm. If there is a story to tell he’s your man!

Paul Morkel Director of Photography
Nicola Hanekom

Matthew Kalil is a mixture of generosity and keen intelligence. He is super sharp and brings a second helping of passion, enthusiasm and knowledge to the table. Then he serves it up gently. I wish I could work with him every day.

Nicola HanekomDirector, Actress
Shirley Johnston

Matthew’s knack for finding the truth and discarding the banal is extraordinary.

Shirley JohnstonActress
Andre Odendaal

Matthew is an extraordinary talent with a lot of flair for the unusual.

Andre OdendaalDirector
Michael Baretta

Matthew conceptualised, shot and edited an exceptional campaign video for us on a limited budget. We were incredibly happy with the end product and so were our sponsors; so much so that they requested various versions for their marketing purposes.

Michael BarettaProducer
Sjaka Septembir

Matthew’s knowledge of his subject is vast, yet he allows inuition, play and the spirit of trying something new to guide his work. He is one of those rare souls that can stay doggedly focused and complete a creative task under the most unfavorable conditions. His is able to listen to his actors, thus getting that extra bit of magic out of them. Above all his sense of story telling is superbly well honed. He knows that a good story is the foundation of most creative endeavors.

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Rachel Wood

As a director, Matthew communicates his own personal vision with an extraordinary ability to remain open to exploration and other choices. I found this quality of his to be instrumental in allowing for the most amount of play whilst on set. Combined with his calm, energizing and light-hearted energy, working for him is an absolute delight. I would work with him in a heartbeat.

Rachel WoodDirector
Bart Love

As a director Matthew is very reliable. He makes sure he understands the full requirements of a project and works well within a team to make sure these are achieved. I always feel very confident in sending him out on shoot to direct the team and come back with meaningful footage.

Bart LoveProducer
Christia Visser

I have such respect for Matthew Kalil. As director he has a subtle way of guiding the actor to truth… and oh how he loves it!

Christia VisserActress


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