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John L. Matthews

Thanks for dropping by! I’m the Lead Tutor, an award-winning producer, director, writer and company director at production house Bigger Picture Studios, which I set up in 2003. [We work with other tutors too and put their details here as and when]. I first wrote a book when I was just 10. I love creating something from nothing. That’s alchemy! The ‘Deadliest Crash’ story was in a book given to me – that [something I didn’t really want] changed my life forever! There began a long roller coaster ride!

Longlisted for a BAFTA for my film ‘Grand Prix – the Killer Years’, winning the Members Vote, this means I was nominated by my peers [I didn’t put myself forward], and Grierson Nominated for ‘Deadliest Crash’ [you can’t self-nominate at the Grierson’s]. I’ve also won many awards and nominations at Milan FICTS International Festival.

I’ve produced 5 books to date, two of which are best sellers – ‘Grand Prix the Killer Years’ and ‘Butcher Boy’. I personally outsold Berlinn, a huge publishers, with ‘Killer Years’.

I once made £45,000 in 15 minutes, selling international rights to my work. I was paid £19,000 for work I did not do on a UK feature film project. Some of my factual film work has repeatedly made 6 figures in rights payments. Am telling you this not to show off, but so you know that I think commercially. I want you to make money too.

John and fellow creative friend Rich researching and filming in New York. You too could be on tour with your idea.

I’ve successfully pitched into the BBC, BBC Studios, BBC Films, ITV, Channel 4, Discovery, Bravo [Virgin], Berlinn, Northern Ireland Screen and more.

I lecture at the University of Bolton, currently teaching creativity, writing, film making and employability. I’ve lectured at the University of York St John, Chester University, The Manchester College and guest-lectured at Salford University. I’ve taught the private Bigger Picture writing course for many years, which is where this started.

‘In my first session with John I learnt more in one morning than I had attending a six-week online course. John doesn’t just coach you, he makes you think hard about the skills he is teaching you. I found I learned much more from this focused approach. I highly recommend joining one of John’s courses’. Tracey Armitage, Holmfirth, course attendee.

‘When it comes to motivation, John is up there with Colonel Tom Parker!’ Mark Vernon,
Saddleworth, course attendee.