About Us

Urtext Films is Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker, a Brooklyn, NY based director/producer team that has created award-winning films, and award-winning commercials. We are focused on creating
honest and authentic content, with a global and cinematic scope.

Our work has been featured in: 

USA Today Moviemaker Magazine SFGATE.com (San Francisco Chronicle) The Washington Post NPR The Australian (4 star review by Stephen Romei) Awards Radar Slashfilm ABC Radio National - The Drawing Room Brooklyn Magazine

Vice Australia Reuters International Awards Circuit Collider ABC News Australia First Showing Bad Feeling Mag Film Daily The AU Review Decider RealScreen CityMag Adelaide Motherboard (VICE) FilmInk SBS Australia

Our festival / awards appearances include:

Film Work

Our new feature documentary, We Don’t Deserve Dogs, is out now worldwide.

Originally selected for its World Premiere in competition at SXSW 2020 (canceled due to COVID-19), the film was selected for over a dozen leading film festivals throughout the year, including Warsaw Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, and Miami Film Festival GEMS.

The film was very well received upon its 2021 global release, topping many iTunes Documentary best-selling charts – #1 in Canada, #1 in Australia, #5 in the United States, and #8 in the UK.

Our debut feature documentary, Barbecue, premiered at SXSW 2017, where it was picked up by Netflix for a three year global release. The project saw Matt & Rosie travel to 12 countries, uncovering the mysteries of the universe through the age-old process of cooking meat over fire. Global and cinematic in perspective, grand and daring in scope, the film’s Netflix release brought the film to an audience of over 100 million viewers in 190 countries, and in 20 languages. The film received a prestigious James Beard Award for Best Documentary.

Previously based in Australia, we have produced a number of short documentaries that have played at leading Australian and international film festivals. Pablo’s Villa and Central Texas Barbecue both had world premieres at the Sydney Film Festival in 2013 and 2014 respectively, and were also selected for the Melbourne International Film Festival. Pablo’s Villa has also been selected for international festivals including Slamdance, Montreal World Film Festival, and even screened at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Our films Pablo’s Villa and Please Don’t Rush were nominated for four awards at the 2014 St. Kilda Film Festival, and Pablo’s Villa was also the recipient of the 2013 ATOM Award for Best Australian Short Documentary. More recently, Central Texas Barbecue was awarded ‘Best Short Film’ at the New York Food Film Festival.

Commercial Work

We specialize in creating commercial content with a ‘real talent’ focus. Much of our work can be seen as being in a portrait style; we are attempting to bring an intimately personal and honest voice to the work we do.

Matt & Rosie have won several awards for their work, and enjoy bringing their experiences as a leading international documentary duo to the commercial world. We have worked as a two person team in over 30 countries, in locations as diverse as along the Syrian border and the steppes of Mongolia. Our specialty lies in ‘small footprint’ work in difficult to film places, achieving compelling stories and capturing cinematic images, as we take on the challenges of local filming conditions, cultural sensitivities, and language.

Our key areas of focus are in the culinary, travel, tourism and NGO sectors.

We are fanatics of the latest technology in production, using modern tools to bring an honest and engaging cinematic language to our entire portfolio of work.

We can completely produce content end-to-end, from conception to finished delivery, and also work with larger crews and leading post-houses when the project benefits from a more collaborative approach. We work directly with clients and content providers, and also through more traditional commercial agency structures.

Festival Selections:

We Don’t Deserve Dogs, 2020 Official Selection
South by Southwest (SXSW)
Warsaw Film Festival
Miami Film Festival GEMS
Nashville Film Festival
Brisbane International Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival
Thin Line Film Festival
Milwaukee Film Festival
Charlotte Film Festival
The Lake County Film Festival
Indie Street Film Festival
Adirondack Film Festival
Planet in Focus Film Festival

Barbecue, 2017/18 Official Selection
SXSW Film Festival (World Premiere)
James Beard Award for Best Documentary
Sydney Film Festival
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
Frederick Film Festival (Opening Night Film)
Chicago Film Festival (Summer Series)
Devour Food Film Festival
Indie Street Film Festival
Hawaii Intl Film Festival Courtyard Cinema Series
Tartu Love Film Festival
Denver Food and Wine Festival
Down Under Berlin
Busan Food Film Festival
Life Sciences Film Festival (Winner – Best Food Film)

Pablo’s Villa, 2013/14 Official Selection

Sydney Film Festival (World Premiere)
Montreal World Film Festival
Slamdance Film Festival
Melbourne International Film Festival
Adelaide Film Festival
Revelation Perth International Film Festival
New York City Independent Film Festival
Antenna International Documentary Film Festival
WINNER, Atom Award for Best Documentary Short Form
Argentine Film Festival Australia & NZ
Irish Latin American Film Festival
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Toronto International Shorts Film Festival
St. Kilda Film Festival (Nominated – Best Director, Best Documentary, Craft Award)

Please Don’t Rush, 2014 Official Selection
Docweek Australia
Byron Bay Film Festival (World Premiere)
St. Kilda Film Festival (Nominated – Craft Award)
New York City International Film Festival (Nominated – Best Short Documentary)

Central Texas Barbecue, 2014/15 Official Selection
Sydney Film Festival (World Premiere)
Melbourne International Film Festival
Antenna Documentary Film Festival
Adelaide Film Festival
St. Kilda Film Festival
New York City Food Film Festival (Opening Night Film / International Premiere / WINNER – Best Short Film)
Heart of Gold International Film Festival
Life Sciences Film Festival
Dungog Festival
Austin Film Festival

Client & Project Highlights:

South Australian Tourism Commission
Mitsubishi Motors (via Clemenger BBDO Adl/Syd)
Elders (via Clemenger BBDO)
SA Water (via Jamshop)
Fantastic Noodles (via Clemenger BBDO)
Royal Flying Doctor Service (via WDM Advertising)
Coopers Breweries (via KWP!)
Adelaide City Council ‘Already Home’ (via Clemenger BBDO)
Helping Hand (via Jamshop)
Health Workforce Australia (via Clemenger BBDO)
People’s Choice Credit Union (via KWP!)
Cancer Council SA
Balfours (via Clemenger BBDO)
Transitions Lenses (via Clemenger BBDO)
JBS Global (via WDM Advertiing)
The Royal Adelaide Show (via WDM Advertising)
University College London Australia (via Lightbulb Digital)
WorkCover SA
Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (via Jamshop)
Bank SA (via Clemenger BBDO)
Fasta Pasta (via Hybrid Advertising and Marketing)
Fantastic Crackers (via Clemenger BBDO)
Stratco (via Hybrid Advertising and Marketing)
Monjava Coffee (via Clemenger BBDO)
Jurlique (via Austrade and MRC)
University of Adelaide
DisAbility Living Inc (via SeeItNow)
National Pharmacies (via Jamshop)
Caffe Vergnano (via Hybrid Advertising and Marketing)
Windmill Theatre
Thinkers in Residence
Devine Homes (via OBM Marketing Melbourne)
San Remo (via Clemenger BBDO)
The Department of Primary Industries and Resources of South Australia
The Department of Trade, Energy and Infrastructure
Motor Accident Commission (via Clemenger BBDO)
Sony Music / ARIA
Rip It Up
Perks Accountants
Sight For All
Australian Dance Theatre
Jansz Wines (via KWP!)
Raine & Horne Real Estate
Glorious Homeless Records
Tourism Malaysia
The Neil Sachse Foundation
Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (via Showpony Marketing).
The Australian Institute of Food and Science Technology
Queensland Institute of Business and Technology (via Austrade and MRC)
Roving Enterprises (The 7pm Project)
Channel 7 (My Kitchen Rules, Worlds Strictest Parents)


Urtext Films - Rose & Matt
Top Photo Credit: Paul Parisi
Bottom Photo Credit: Sara Ertas