Matt’s debut feature THE TOLL premiered at Glasgow Film Festival 2021 and released internationally in September. Produced through Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Cinematic scheme, The Toll is described by GFF as “mixing the dark comedy of the Coen Brothers with the antihero of Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns… a madcap chain of events that lead to a showdown of epic proportions”. It is now available to watch on Amazon Prime.
Michael Smiley (Kill List) stars as the toll booth operator with a criminal past opposite Annes Elwy (Gwledd) as the local traffic cop whose path inevitably leads to the toll booth. The film also stars Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones), Paul Kaye (The Stranger), Gwyneth Keyworth (Black Mirror), Steve Oram (Sightseers), and Julian Glover (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade).
Produced by Mark Hopkins for Western Edge Pictures, and directed by Ryan Andrew Hooper. The film is a development of Matt and Ryan’s Ffilm Cymru Beacons short film Ambition, which starred Simon Russell Beale and premiered at Dinard Film Festival in 2019. The filmmakers are currently developing black comedy feature The Life and Death of Daniel Dee with the support of Ffilm Cymru.
“A remarkable first feature… A brilliant told, tightly paced Welsh western”
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“Father Ted meets the old west in this entertaining black comedy set in rural Pembrokeshire
The chance to watch [Michael] Smiley in a rare lead role as the wry, watchful presence at the centre of his very own shaggy dog story.”
“Tarantinoesque mayhem and Coens-style humour”
“There’s a slickness and self-awareness to this meticulous script… The Toll is a cunning delight”
“Viciously entertaining and slyly self-aware… Each branching narrative is more joyously absurd than the last”
“A darkly-comic and sharply-written crime caper… Matt Redd’s script is packed with memorable quips”
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Matt is also currently developing an original Welsh crime series for Bad Wolf, has another original series in development with Who’s On First entitled A COUNTRY THE SIZE OF WALES and is working with Severn Screen on a new series.
In 2019 Matt was selected to join the Edinburgh International Film Festival Ideas Lab as one of eight screenwriters selected from across the UK.
Previous work includes an iPlayer episode of CASUALTY for the BBC, and sci-fi short films SILENT PHANTOM and THE PLACE OF MY BIRTH, which won Best Short at the Royal Television Society’s West Awards in Bristol in March 2017.
Matt Redd previously worked as an AD and in production on series including DOCTOR WHO, CASUALTY and DA VINCI’S DEMONS. He produced short films 17 (Erin Richards, Lloyd Everitt) and BRIGHT LIGHTS (Alexander Vlahos), and co-produced comedy feature BIG FONT. LARGE SPACING, which premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival.