Halflife Films, founded by award-winning director Matt Harlock, makes films for the international film & TV market.
American The Bill Hicks Story, Halflife's first feature film, was the 2nd most successful documentary released in UK cinemas in 2010, played over 40 international festivals, was Grierson-nominated and won several Best Documentary awards (Dallas, Little Rock, Downtown LA, Biografilm Bologna). It was released theatrically in 35 US cities and broke records for its VOD partner Gravitas. It is 6th on iTunes UK All-Time Bestsellers Docs chart and no.4 on Rotten Tomatoes Best Films of 2011.
Deep Clean starring Paul Kaye - comedy horror short co-created with comic artist Krent Able. VFX by Territory Studio (Ghost in the Shell, Bladerunner 2049) and SFX by Dan Martin (Freefire, Highrise, Sightseers).
Ink, Cocks & Rock'n'Roll, Matt's previous collaboration with Krent, premiered online on VICE.com June 2017. It has played London SFF, Dublin International, LOCO, won Shooting People's Film of the Month, won Best Film at Sochi and was nominated for Best Director at Fastnet, On Vous Ment and Raindance.
Shorts Matt’s previous short films have been shown on VICE, Channel 4, Film4, HBO and Sky, winning awards from Manhattan SFF, TCM & Film London. Lollipop was commissioned by Channel 4, Toll was bought by Film 4 & HBO and was shown at over 30 festivals and supported by the British Council. The Clouds won the National 48 Hour Film Challenge.
Commercial Matt's work for Motorola collected 3 Stevie Awards in the US, and 2 IVCA’s for Microsoft in 2014) and he has also created work for Intel, Sony, Vodafone, Orange & Dixons.
Matt was a Berlinale Talent in 2014 and is the founder of No Direction Home, the Soho director’s community, which recently hosted Oscar-winning editor Walter Murch at Curzon Soho after a 35mm screening of The Conversation www.nodirectionhome.com
Reviews for American The Bill Hicks Story:
“Utterly inspiring...flawless” Maxim
“Fantastic....incredibly entertaining” Aint It Cool News
“Nothing short of astounding” Time Out
“Surely the most visually inventive bio-doc ever - a kinetic masterpiece” The Observer