It’s so lovely to have my dear friend Matt take part in this project. I first met him when I replied to a flatmate wanted ad which stressed the applicant to have a love of wine. I got the room and subsequently spent long hours working on my wine appreciation. I was also treated to many a gourmet chicken risotto and his occasional drunken piano playing sessions which were just phenominal. The man has got talent! Having worked in so may areas of the NZ film industry across directing, editing, production and camera handling, a glimpse into the home of island based Mr House gives you an idea of the life this kiwi freelancer leads.
WHAT: The shots are from my home on Waiheke Island.
WHERE: Home is a 3 bedroom ramshackle, sprawling, timber mess that was built in the late 60’s by one of the original Waiheke residents. As time went on it seems subsequent owners decided that it would be a good idea to add a room here, or maybe a room over there – Oooo, I know… Let’s build UP! So they did… And so what we have now is more a three level, three bedroom tree house than a normal villa or bungalow. It’s great. I love it with all my heart.
WHO: Me (Hi, I’m Matt) and two flatmates. I produce and direct videos and commercials for a variety of clients. I was freelance for about 11 years until work dried up a touch about two years ago, so I went and got all responsible with a full time job at a large NZ owned company. And I’m still there… Make of that what you will…
We also have Simon who is an assistant wine-maker at Passage Rock (go there, it’s amazing!) and Jen who is a photographers assistant. We all get along pretty well and it’s a well balanced place with a great creative vibe. Yeah, I just said vibe. I also can’t forget my cat Charlie who was a rescue from the Waiheke SPCA about 9 months ago.
DESCRIPTION: I’ve only lived in this house since November of 2011. Before that I was in another place on the island. My fiancé and split up recently and I contemplated long and hard about being here without her and eventually came to the decision that this is where I want to be. I do some freelance work (fitting it around my full-time gig) and my goal is eventually to be able to work and live on the island. And I can’t think of a better place to see that goal come true than in this house. I collect books and movies voraciously and am currently thinking that I need to send a few cartons to my Ma and Pa in Wellington as it’s getting a tad crowded on the shelves. It’s really special place to come home to after a day at work in the city and it’s even better waking up on the weekends and rolling 30 seconds down the path for a swim. I love it here.
If you love his witty words you can follow Matt on Twitter here.