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Matty Boy

A man with a suggestible mind marries a second wife mistakenly out of a desperate situation and now faces the consequences, taking him on a twisting and turning rollercoaster of a ride beyond anything he could have ever imagined.

Director Biography - Dr Shahid Kamal

Shahid is a doctor an ENT (Ear Nose Throat) surgeon by background who has always loved film and cinema starting with his love of Indian cinema as a child. His interest in films and passion for writing and directing has made him commit to pursuing this as a career after finishing his medical work. Whilst practicing as a doctor he recognised his unique skills commented on by his patients and fellow medical staff when treating his patients and especially young children with medical emergencies. This has aided his verbal and non-verbal skills in the direction of children on screen due to his compassion, patience and care and ability to give clear instructions. These skills have extended to all actors and crew members whilst at the same time using strong modern directorial techniques that he studied and learned during the acquisition of his diploma at the London Film Academy. It was at the London Film Academy that he learned different aspects of film making. He has directed two previous highly successful short films, Cinnamon and Take the Chocolate which have won numerous national and international film festival awards between them and have been screened at a number of international film festivals once he completed his film school. During his time at the London Film Academy, he produced one film and worked in different roles in several others to also learn other film crew roles in detail, a skill which he states has helped him become a better director on set. He was taught by people such as Jan Harlan (Executive Producer- Eyes wide shut/ The Shining), John Ward (Cinematographer), Mervyn Gerard (Sound mixer) and lots of other talented people from the British film industry. Shahid is now working on a feature film that he is co-writing with his friend and producer of Matty Boy, Dr Samir Srivastava and is looking forward to completing his first feature length film shortly.

Director Statement Before Matty Boy, I had created the psychological thriller 'Cinnamon', and had also created the children's drama 'Take the Chocolate' where eighteen month year old babies were the stars. I then wanted to to try a different genre to diversify my creativity in film making. I achieved this when co-writing and directing Matty Boy by making a drama comedy.

Alot of stories start with the idea of 'What if'. One day I thought, what if, there is a place in the world which allows a man to marry more than one woman and then what could be the consequences. I wanted to develop this in a comedic story line that twists and turns to a finale with a meaningful conclusion. The whole idea was to show the lesson the protagonist Matty Boy learns after making the mistake of marrying another woman and departing from a monogamous relationship in a comedic fashion filled with laughter and surprise at every step, but with a meaningful and sincere message to the audience gained through Matty Boy's insights by the end of his journey. A significant lesson is regarding the human condition that I see with my patients also. This is that happiness does not lie in having a lot of material wealth but that true fulfillment and happiness is found in appreciating your health and well-being and finding inner peace within yourself and being grateful for what you have.



  • Dr Shahid Kamal Director Cinnamon, Take The Chocolate

  • Shahid Kamal Writer Cinnamon, Take The Chocolate

  • Samir Srivastava Writer

  • Samir Srivastava Producer

  • Vincent De Paul Key Cast “Matt” West Wing, Frasier, Charmed, Sex in the city, HBO's Six feet under and various other television programmes and films.

  • Emma Galliano Key Cast “Alice”

  • Aisha Jacob-Williams Key Cast “Nora”

  • Farida Bawa Key Cast “Lucy”

  • Sophie Karl Key Cast “Sophie”

  • Barry Newton Key Cast “Grand dad”

  • Aman Badhan Key Cast “New wife”


  • Project Type: Short

  • Runtime: 13 minutes 57 seconds

  • Completion Date: January 1, 2019

  • Production Budget: 10,000 GBP

  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom

  • Country of Filming: United Kingdom

  • Language: English

  • Shooting Format: Digital

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

  • Film Color: Color

  • First-time Filmmaker: No

  • Student Project: No

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