Matt Coot, Creative Director
I am a writer, filmmaker, event organiser, stage manager, and creative writing tutor.
I have a great love for Cornwall. It is, without a doubt, my home. There is much to be proud of in Cornwall, but also much to keep working for to make better. It is my belief that Cornwall is often overlooked by many – considered only during the tourist season. I want to help to change this perception and to help to make Cornwall flourish.
There were five years when I wasn’t living in Cornwall. Instead, I was studying at Bath Spa University, where I successfully achieved in gaining a BA (Hons) Creative Writing.
It was during my time at Bath Spa University that my love for scriptwriting and filmmaking was enhanced from being just an audience member, to being someone who could hone my creativity and make something in the medium that I have always loved. This passion was first inspired by Doug Chamberlin, a tutor at the university and one of the screenwriters behind Toy Story 2. He gave an utterly inspiring lecture during my first year at Bath Spa. This lecture changed the direction of my life. Since then, I have taken up every opportunity to learn more skills to make me a greater filmmaker and a greater screenwriter.
I haven’t stopped learning since graduation, as I continually keep updating my skills with short courses at local universities and colleges. Most recently, I have been enrolled at Truro and Penwith College for a Level 4 Event Management SUCCESS course (in association with Plymouth University) and with Plymouth College of Art for a Digital Filmmaking evening class.
I have been involved in a lot of community work. I was on the organising committee for one of the biggest events in my hometown, the Saltash May Fair.
I have been involved in community work since I was a teenager and continue to try to engage with community work as much as I can.
In addition to community events, I was, until recently, a town councillor in Saltash. I was elected in a by-election in 2014 and was recently re-elected (unopposed) in the 2017 local elections. However, due to issues that led to me being disillusioned with the effectiveness of the council, as well as disagreeing with some of the stances it was taking regarding equality, and in addition to being treated unfairly by some of the other councillors, I decided to leave the council. I chose instead to become a political blogger. Political blog articles can be found on this website under news.
Over the summer of 2017, I was an official blogger for the Theatre Royal Plymouth. This was a delight to be involved with and granted me exclusive access, including on the stage for the tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-time, and for the tour of Hedda Gabler. These articles can also be found under the news page.
In late-2016, I founded The Saltash Short Story Competition. Rallidae Productions worked alongside the Saltash Fair Committee in developing this new national creative writing competition, which has attracted attention from the UK’s bestselling Writing Magazine, and from entrants throughout the UK. We are now considering how best to develop this competition to make it more streamlined and increase its effectiveness before running it again.
My aims are for Rallidae Productions are:
- To keep growing the business and taking on various promotional and creative projects;
- To work with young people who have dreams of being writers, filmmakers, or event organisers;
- To continue working with community organisations in the local area;
- In the next five to ten years, as a natural evolution to the creative writing competition, I hope to create a Festival of Creativity in Saltash. This will be a celebration of all things that tell a story (literature, art, music, drama, photography, etc.)
To find out more about me, you can check out my LinkedIn profile.