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Matthew Chapman is a Director, Scriptwriter, Executive Producer and Additional Dialogue American born on 1 january 1950 at Cambridge (United-kingdom)

Matthew Chapman

Matthew Chapman
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Nationality USA
Birth 1 january 1950 (70 years) at Cambridge (United-kingdom)

Matthew Chapman is an English journalist, screenwriter, and director. His latest film, The Ledge, which he wrote and directed, stars Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, Terrence Howard, and Patrick Wilson. It was shot in Louisiana in spring 2010 and was accepted into the main (U.S. Dramatic) competition at Sundance 2011. Bought by IFC, it will have its theatrical release in the U.S. in early summer. The film deals with an intellectual, personal, and ultimately fatal feud between an atheist and an evangelical Christian. Chapman is currently working on several scripts, including one, "The American Guest" set in Brazil in the early part of the 20th Century and another on the early days of Paul Watson, alleged eco-terrorist, founder of the Sea Shepherd organization, and currently on the run. Chapman is also developing a musical set in 15th Century Italy.

Matthew Chapman's mother Clare was the daughter of the philosophy professor and author Francis Cornford and poet Frances Cornford (née Darwin), and through his maternal grandmother he is a great-great grandson of Charles Darwin. His father, Cecil Chapman, was the son of the noted physicist and astronomer, Sydney Chapman, responsible for early research on the nature of the ozone layer.

Chapman has written widely on the creation-evolution controversy in the US, particularly the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, in which 11 parents successfully sued the school district to prevent them from reading a required statement aloud in ninth-grade science classes whenever evolution was taught.

He has written and directed six films, written numerous screenplays, had articles published in Harper's magazine, and is the author of two books, "Trials Of The Monkey - An Accidental Memoir" and "40 Days and 40 Nights - Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, OxyContin, and Other Oddities on Trial in Pennsylvania" He is married to documentary film producer, Denise Dummont, with whom he has a daughter, Anna Bella Charles Darwin Teixeira Chapman, and a stepson, Diogo Marzo.

Matthew Chapman founded Science Debate 2008 (now simply Science Debate). His co-founders were fellow screenwriter Shawn Lawrence Otto, CEO of the organization, science writer Chris Mooney, marine biologist and science blogger Sheril Kirshenbaum, noted physicist Lawrence Krauss, and philosopher Austin Dacey. The organization was formed to pressure the presidential candidates to hold a debate on science and technology issues. Almost 40,000 people signed onto the website ScienceDebate2008.com in support of the idea, including many Nobel laureates, hundreds of universities, university presidents, dozens of science publications, business leaders and innovators, and practically every major science organization in America. Although the candidates did not agree to the two televised debates proposed by Science Debate 2008, both Obama and McCain did participate in an online written version, providing detailed responses to the "14 Top Science Questions Facing America," a list suggested by the organization's members. Several of the earliest supporters of Science Debate are now in the Obama administration, including Energy Secretary Steven Chu, NOAA Director Jane Lubchenco, and Presidential Science Advisor John Holdren. The organization continues to advocate for more discussion of science in public life, is expanding into education, and intends to hold debates in the mid-terms and in 2012 while developing a greater international profile. Debates modeled on the Science Debate initiative either have or will take place in Italy, Germany, and Sweden. Matthew Chapman remains its President.

Matthew Chapman currently lives in New York.

Usually with

Peter Coyote
Peter Coyote
(3 films)
Chris Gerolmo
Chris Gerolmo
(1 films)
Mike Pniewski
Mike Pniewski
(2 films)
Nathan Barr
Nathan Barr
(1 films)
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Filmography of Matthew Chapman (13 films)

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Director

The Ledge
The Ledge (2011)
, 1h41
Directed by Matthew Chapman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Films about sexuality, Films about suicide, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Charlie Hunnam, Terrence Howard, Liv Tyler, Christopher Gorham, Patrick Wilson, Jaqueline Fleming
Rating64% 3.2480753.2480753.2480753.2480753.248075
The movie opens with detective Hollis Lucetti (Terrence Howard) receiving the news from a doctor that he has been sterile his entire life. Upon reaching home, he questions his wife about who their children's father is. The film quickly switches to Gavin Nichols (Charlie Hunnam), an atheist, standing on a ledge as if to jump to his death. A small crowd forms below Gavin, and Hollis responds to the emergency. At first it looks like a regular suicide attempt. It is quickly revealed to be more complex than that, as Gavin explains to Hollis that he has no other choice than to jump, or somebody else will die.
Heart of Midnight, 1h33
Directed by Matthew Chapman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Actors Jennifer Jason Leigh, Peter Coyote, Brenda Vaccaro, Steve Buscemi, Frank Stallone, James Rebhorn
Rating54% 2.7090852.7090852.7090852.7090852.709085
Carol (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is a young woman recovering from her recent, although not the first, nervous breakdown. She has just inherited Midnight, an abandoned nightclub in a seedy neighbourhood that was previously owned by her recently deceased mysterious uncle Fletcher (Sam Schacht). She moves out of the home of her trashy mother Betty (Brenda Vaccaro) and into the nightclub and starts renovating it in hopes of re-opening it one day soon. However, she quickly finds out that things are not as they seem as she discovers a secret section of the club that was being used as a brothel catering to clients with sexually perverted tendencies.
Slow Burn
Slow Burn (1986)
, 1h32
Directed by Matthew Chapman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Eric Roberts, Beverly D'Angelo, Raymond J. Barry, Johnny Depp, Dennis Lipscomb, Anne Scheden
Rating50% 2.513742.513742.513742.513742.51374
Jacob Asch (Roberts) is hired by Gerald McMurty (Barry) to find his ex-wife Laine and their son in Palm Springs. Jacob finds Laine and a teenager named Donnie who may or may not be Gerald's son. He also finds an intricate web of deceit and betrayal that begin to lead to death. He takes it upon himself to unravel the mystery and find out who is killing people and why. Johnny Depp appeared as Donnie Fleischer, the missing insightful rich son of McMurty who only wants to be loved. The film was set and shot in Palm Springs, California.
Strangers Kiss, 1h35
Directed by Matthew Chapman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Peter Coyote, Victoria Tennant, Dan Shor, Linda Kerridge, Richard Romanus
Rating56% 2.822442.822442.822442.822442.82244
To help his actress girlfriend regain her confidence a Hollywood bigshot bankrolls a small film being made by a first-time producer and director duo. Despite the hand-to-mouth way it is made the film turns out well, as does the off-set relationship between the actress and her unknown male lead.
Hussy
Hussy (1980)
, 1h35
Directed by Matthew Chapman
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution
Actors Helen Mirren, John Shea, Paul Angelis, Jenny Runacre, William Hootkins, Sandy Ratcliff
Rating50% 2.519832.519832.519832.519832.51983
Beaty (Mirren) is a prostitute working at a London cabaret where Emory (John Shea) is a sound/lighting technician. They begin an affair encumbered by Beaty's job as a call girl.

Scriptwriter

Reaching for the Moon, 1h58
Directed by Bruno Barreto
Origin Bresil
Genres Drama, Biography, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Miranda Otto, Tracy Middendorf, Glória Pires, Treat Williams, Lola Kirke
Roles Writer
Rating69% 3.49543.49543.49543.49543.4954
À Rio de Janeiro, dans les années 1950-60, la relation amoureuse de la poétesse Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) et de l'architecte Lota de Macedo Soares (Glória Pires).
The Ledge
The Ledge (2011)
, 1h41
Directed by Matthew Chapman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Films about sexuality, Films about suicide, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Charlie Hunnam, Terrence Howard, Liv Tyler, Christopher Gorham, Patrick Wilson, Jaqueline Fleming
Roles Writer
Rating64% 3.2480753.2480753.2480753.2480753.248075
The movie opens with detective Hollis Lucetti (Terrence Howard) receiving the news from a doctor that he has been sterile his entire life. Upon reaching home, he questions his wife about who their children's father is. The film quickly switches to Gavin Nichols (Charlie Hunnam), an atheist, standing on a ledge as if to jump to his death. A small crowd forms below Gavin, and Hollis responds to the emergency. At first it looks like a regular suicide attempt. It is quickly revealed to be more complex than that, as Gavin explains to Hollis that he has no other choice than to jump, or somebody else will die.
Black Water Transit, 1h40
Directed by Tony Kaye
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Laurence Fishburne, Karl Urban, Brittany Snow, Aisha Tyler, Stephen Dorff, Beverly D'Angelo
Roles Writer
Rating68% 3.432113.432113.432113.432113.43211
In post-Katrina New Orleans, shipping executive Jack Vermillion (Fishburne) finds himself getting more than he bargained for after agreeing to help feds expose smuggler and all-around bad seed Earl Pike (Urban).
Runaway Jury, 2h7
Directed by Gary Fleder
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Children's films
Actors John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz, Bruce Davison, Bruce McGill
Rating70% 3.549063.549063.549063.549063.54906
In New Orleans, a failed day trader at a stock brokerage firm shows up at the office and opens fire on his former colleagues, then kills himself. Among the dead is Jacob Wood. Two years later, with attorney Wendell Rohr, Jacob's widow Celeste takes Vicksburg Firearms to court on the grounds that the company's gross negligence led to her husband's death.
What's the Worst That Could Happen?, 1h34
Directed by Sam Weisman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about disabilities, Escroquerie, Sign-language films, American Sign Language films, Films about language and translation
Actors Martin Lawrence, Danny DeVito, William Fichtner, John Leguizamo, Glenne Headly, Carmen Ejogo
Rating54% 2.7489652.7489652.7489652.7489652.748965
Kevin Caffrey, a thief and connoisseur is at a local auction looking for things worth stealing. He meets Amber Belhaven who is auctioning off her father's painting to pay a hotel bill. When Kevin asks Amber about her hotel room which leads to Amber asking if he was trying to sleep with her, Kevin blinks rapidly and lies while also telling her that when he blinks he lies. When Kevin asks Amber if he could see her sometime Amber pretends to have the same thing Kevin has and says yes. While knowing what hotel she was staying in, he shows up to her room with the painting she auctioned off, having stolen it. Kevin tells Amber about his stealing business which shocks Amber at first but she accepts it in order to be with Kevin, and she later gives Kevin her father's lucky ring.
Color of Night, 2h1
Directed by Richard Rush
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, Romance, Erotic thriller
Themes Films about families, Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, Erotic films, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, Erotic thriller films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Bruce Willis, Jane March, Lesley Ann Warren, Rubén Blades, Scott Bakula, Brad Dourif
Rating52% 2.601622.601622.601622.601622.60162
Dr. Bill Capa (Willis), a New York City psychologist, falls into a deep depression after an unstable patient commits suicide in front of him by jumping from his office window. The sight of the bloody body of his patient clad in a bright green dress causes Capa to suffer from psychosomatic color blindness, taking away his ability to see the color red.
Consenting Adults, 1h35
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, Romance
Actors Kevin Kline, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Kevin Spacey, Rebecca Miller, Lady Day-Lewis, E. G. Marshall, Forest Whitaker
Roles Writer
Rating57% 2.8993452.8993452.8993452.8993452.899345
Composer Richard Parker and his wife Priscilla live an ordinary suburban life until they meet their new neighbors Eddy and Kay Otis. The two couples became friends. Kay's talent for blues singing gets Richard's attention, and Eddy is attracted to Priscilla. It becomes clear that Eddy is a scam artist who fakes a neck injury after an auto accident for the insurance proceeds, the majority of which he offers to the Parkers as a gift. Eddy chastises Richard for not living dangerously, and suggests they swap mates for an evening.
High Art
High Art (1991)
, 1h44
Directed by Walter Salles
Origin Bresil
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Actors Peter Coyote, Tchéky Karyo, Amanda Pays, Raul Cortez, Tonico Pereira, Paulo José
Rating60% 3.0488553.0488553.0488553.0488553.048855
Peter Mandrake (Coyote), an American photographer in Brazil, is preparing an in loco essay for his new book, about the "Train Surfers" (groups of boys who court danger "surfing" on the roof of the trains) in the city of Rio de Janeiro. A local call girl he is friends with is murdered, and when the police can make no progress Mandrake decides to investigate himself. Subsequently, two hired thugs break into his apartment demanding a disk, and, when he doesn't produce it because he can't do so, they rape his girlfriend and stab him, leaving him to die. Vowing revenge, Mandrake enlists the help of Hermes (Karyo), a professional knife fighter who owes Mandrake a debt, to teach him the art of knife fighting. The obsession this develops into causes Mandrake's girlfriend to leave him, wanting the whole thing to simply go away, but Mandrake refuses to let go.
Heart of Midnight, 1h33
Directed by Matthew Chapman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Actors Jennifer Jason Leigh, Peter Coyote, Brenda Vaccaro, Steve Buscemi, Frank Stallone, James Rebhorn
Rating54% 2.7090852.7090852.7090852.7090852.709085
Carol (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is a young woman recovering from her recent, although not the first, nervous breakdown. She has just inherited Midnight, an abandoned nightclub in a seedy neighbourhood that was previously owned by her recently deceased mysterious uncle Fletcher (Sam Schacht). She moves out of the home of her trashy mother Betty (Brenda Vaccaro) and into the nightclub and starts renovating it in hopes of re-opening it one day soon. However, she quickly finds out that things are not as they seem as she discovers a secret section of the club that was being used as a brothel catering to clients with sexually perverted tendencies.
Slow Burn
Slow Burn (1986)
, 1h32
Directed by Matthew Chapman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Eric Roberts, Beverly D'Angelo, Raymond J. Barry, Johnny Depp, Dennis Lipscomb, Anne Scheden
Roles Writer
Rating50% 2.513742.513742.513742.513742.51374
Jacob Asch (Roberts) is hired by Gerald McMurty (Barry) to find his ex-wife Laine and their son in Palm Springs. Jacob finds Laine and a teenager named Donnie who may or may not be Gerald's son. He also finds an intricate web of deceit and betrayal that begin to lead to death. He takes it upon himself to unravel the mystery and find out who is killing people and why. Johnny Depp appeared as Donnie Fleischer, the missing insightful rich son of McMurty who only wants to be loved. The film was set and shot in Palm Springs, California.