Matthew Horrocks is Head of Development & Production at Screenwest.
Matt is responsible for the management of Screenwest’s development & production funding programs; leading the design, development and implementation of Screenwest’s project and practitioner development, digital and Indigenous programs to ensure they are industry relevant and achieve Screenwest’s strategic priorities; and providing high-level advice to industry and applicants on the creative development of teams and projects.
Matt has produced short films, documentaries and feature films in New Zealand, most recently BEYOND THE KNOWN WORLD. In the UK he worked in production roles on 28 DAYS LATER and CALENDAR GIRLS.
Matt was a Development Executive, and Industry Training Executive for the New Zealand Film Commission during a highly successful period for the NZ film industry. He also guest lectures, played a key role in setting up Script-to-Screen and designed and instigated the “Big Screen Symposium,” New Zealands’s leading annual event for film and tv makers.
Wendy Simmons is Development & Production Coordinator in the Development Team. She works closely with the Indigenous Manager on the provision of Screenwest’s Indigenous, Digital and short form development and production programs.
Wendy joined Screenwest in August 2010,as a Development Administration Officer in the Production Team. Since then has gained lots of agency experience and industry insight, having also worked as Manager, Projects and Programs and Digital Development Manager. She has a background in government, ESL (English as a Second Language) teaching and retail management and has studied Film and TV and Graphic Design.
Caroline Middleton is the Business Support Officer.
Caroline provides administrative support for SuperDoc, Screen Business Development Fund, Industry Enhancement Fund, Drama and Documentary Production related funding initiatives, including funding deliverables and acquittals. She also provides administrative support to Director Production Investment and Screenwest’s Locations and Film Friendly initiatives and can also provide updates about the status of production related funding and projects.
Devina McPherson, Screenwest Indigenous Program Manager
Devina is a descendant of Yamatji and Noongar, from the Murchison, Gascoyne and the southwest Boojarah and Gnaala Karla Booja country of Western Australia.
Devina is responsible for Screenwest development and production programs involving Indigenous practitioners and content.
Her previous experience includes seven years at the Film and Television Institute as a Producer and Production manager, where Devina brought Indigenous Western Australian stories to the screen through the archival and factual program Indigenous Community Stories. Devina has also previously worked on the Deadly Yarns series for the ABC, and on Bran Nue Dae, Straight Shootin and various other short films. Prior to that Devina worked freelance as an editor, photographer, event manager and camera operator.