Matthew Sunderland Actor Profile





Auckland, New Zealand


183 cm

Age Range


Also Represented in

Australia & United States of America

Career Highlights

Matthew Sunderland has garnered an extensive and diverse body of work, featuring in over 20 feature films, spanning international and local productions, with notable roles in the US film "The Mistake" alongside Elizabeth Banks, the lead role in the US Horror film "Pearl" with Mia Goth, the Australian film "The Stranger" with Joel Edgerton for Netflix, and significant contributions to acclaimed TV series like "Rake," "Wanted," "Harry," and the BBC production of "The Luminaries." Additionally, Matthew Sunderland has made notable contributions to theatre, embarking on multiple Australian, British, and Edinburgh tours with The Sydney Theatre Company's "The Secret River." His filmography includes prominent titles such as James Gray's "Lost City of Z" with Robert Patterson, Jennifer Kent's "The Nightingale," Alister Grierson's horror film "Bloody Hell," and Kiwi drama "Out of the Blue," where he achieved his first of many Best Actor Awards. Currently, Matthew Sunderland is shooting two unannounced Australian series.

Role: Reed
Producer: Simone Ashton
Director: Simone Ashton


2022Cannes 75th Annual Film Festival - Un Certain Regard: The Stranger
2022Nominated for a Best Actor In a Short Film - The Finding
2018The Nightingale Special Jury Prize Venice Film Festival
2014Nomination: Best supporting Actor The Weight of Elephants (2013) New Zealand Film & Television Awards
2010Vostok Station - Entry into Sundance Festival 2010
2008Qantas TV & Film Winner - Performance By an Actor in a Leading Role - Out of the Blue
2007Best Short Film - Winner - Nature's Way - Paris Film Festival
2006Best Actor in a Short Film -Nomination - Nature's Way - New Zealand Screen Awards

Feature Film.

2022A MistakeOwen Williams (Supporting)Dir. Christine Jeffs
2022PearlPearl's Father (Supporting)Dir. Ti West
2022Super RosaCharlie (Lead)Dir. Sauro Morganti
2022The StrangerControllerDir. Thomas M Wright
2020Bloody HellFatherDir. Alister Grierson
2019SavageDad Dir. Sam Kelly
2018The NightingaleDaveyCauseway Films
Dir. Jennifer Kent
20176 DaysTom Lovett (Guest)GFC Films Ltd
Dir. Toa Fraser
2016The Lost City of ZDan Dir. James Gray
2015BacktrackSteveBacktrack Productions
Dir. Michael Petroni
2014A Little DeathWiry GuyDir. Joshua Lawson
2012The Weight Of ElephantsUncle Rory (Lead)Zentropa Entertainments 5, Severe Features LTD
Dir. Daniel Joseph Borgman
2011ExistenceRiderExistence Ltd
Dir. Juliet Bergh
2010The Devils RockKlaus Meyer (Lead)The Devils Rock Ltd
Dir. Paul Campion
2009TrackerPosse Soldier Crowther (Support)Feature Film
2008Under The MountainWilberforce Drone (Support)Redhead Productions Ltd
Dir. Jonathan King
2007A Song of GoodDenis (Support )Robbers Dog Films
Dir. Gregory King
2007The Strength of WaterHunterFilmwork
Dir. Armagan Ballantyne
2006Out of the BlueDavid Gray (Pivotal Lead )Southern Light Films
Dir. Robert Sarkies
2005The Last Magic ShowLemuel (Support)Tamarrilo Films
Dir. Andy Conlon
2004ChristmasBrett (Support)Severe PicturesFilm Festivals: Melbourne International
Dir. Gregory King
2004StringerJake Stringer (Lead )Stringer Films
Dir. Steve Morrison
2000WoodenheadThe Strongman (Support)Pictures for Anna ProductionsFilm Festivals: New Zealand International
Dir. Florian Habicht
1994Absent Without LeavePrison Inmate (Support )Robin Laing Productions
Dir. John Laing
1993Desperate RemediesChorus Member (Support )James Wallace Productions
Dir. Peter Wells & Stewart Main

Short Film.

2022Freedom FighterUncle (Supporting )Dir. Tusi Tamasese
2022Morning HateSunken ManDir. Dean O'Gorman
2019A Moray Marlon Swag Film (AU)
Dir. W.A.M Bleakley

Short Film.

2022SaviourReedDir. Alistair MacDonald
2022That Workman's ArmGreg (Lead)Dir. Simon London
2021The CalfMikeDir. Matthew Sunderland & Simon London
2021The FindingSanders (Lead)Dir. Rebecca Tansley
2016CradleMarkDir. Damon Duncan
2014ColdJadenDir. Kirsty Hamilton
2014RonDannyDir. Brett O'Gorman & Mick Andrews
2013Killing PhillipCharlies Dad (Lead)Automatic Films/Robbers Dog
Dir. Adam Gunser
2012The DamSmythe and Hipkins Ltd
Dir. Gavin Hipkins
2010SupermanMan (Lead)Dir. Peter O'Donoghue
2010Where Dad WalkedDad (Lead)Dir. David Coyle
2008PoppyPaddy (Lead )Supercollider Ltd
Dir. James Cunningham
2006Vostok StationMan (Lead )Dir. Dylan Pharazyn
2005Nature's WayInternational (London International)Severe PicturesFilm Festivals: Cannes
Dir. Jane Shearer
2004FishFish (Lead )Stray Bullet FilmsFilm Festivals: Auckland International
Dir. Dominic Hannah
2004Home VideoMan (Lead )Severe Pictures
Dir. Steven Sinclair
2002D.O.T MatrixDuff (Lead)God Zone Pictures
Dir. Reuben Pollock
2001Letters About The WeatherKade (Support)God Zone Pictures
Dir. Peter Salmon
2000Teach You a LessonGuy (Lead )Simon Marler Productions
Dir. Gregory King
1998PopGuy (Lead )Simon Marler ProductionsFilm Festival: Melbourne
Dir. Gregory King


2018The LuminariesJoseph PritchardBBC / TVNZ
Dir. Claire McCarthy
2017Wanted Series 2BryceMBZ Wanted
2015RakePhilEssential Media & Entertainment
Dir. Rowan Woods
2012HarrySpud JarvisDesert Road Ltd
Dir. Chris Dudman
2009This Is Not My LifeThe Cleaner (Guest)GRST LTD
2008Piece of my HeartMr Sharpe (Guest)MF Films
Dir. Fiona Samuel
2007Second Chance - USA TelefeatureVigoAuckland Film Studios
Dir. Dale Bradley


2007Queenstown Promotional DVDMountain Film Unit


2019The Secret River - UK TourSagitty Birtles, SucklingSydney Theatre Company
Dir. Neil Armfield
2016The Secret RiverSagitty Birtles, SucklingSydney Theatre Company - Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne
Dir. Neil Armfield
2014The Generation Of Z RichardChristchurch, Edinburgh, London
Dir. Michael Hurst
2013The Secret RiverSaggity Birtles, SucklingSydney Theatre Company - Sydney, Canberra, Perth
Dir. Neil Armfield
2006PeninsulaJack/AlexBrisbane Arts Festival
Dir. Garry Henderson
2005PeninsulaJack/AlexThe Court Theatre, Christchurch
Dir. Garry Henderson
2004BlastedSoldierThe Silo Theatre, Auckland
Dir. Michael Lawrence
2001TrainspottingBegbieHerald Theatre, Auckland
Dir. Chris Mead
1999Fool For LoveEddieThe Silo Theatre, Auckland
Dir. Burt Turner
1998CoriolanusCominiusAuckland University
Dir. Oliver Driver & Burt Turner
1995The Holy SinnerChorusInside Out Theatre Productions
Dir. Mike Mizrahi
1994Nick Cave PlaysVariousBATS Theatre, Wellington
Dir. James Littlewood
1993The DutchessCardinalLittle Maidment Theatre, Auckland
Dir. Peter Evans
1992Waiting For GodotEstragonLittle Maidment Theatre, Auckland
Dir. James Littlewood


2015Flu RadioImages & Sound
2014Internal Ogilvy PitchOgilvy
2009Spartacus - Loop GroupPacific Renaissance Spartacus Ltd


Diploma of Performing Arts, Acting Major, Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School - 1996