Eric Charles Matti (born December 21, 1970),[1] professionally known as Erik Matti, is a Filipino filmmaker. He is known for directing On the Job (2013), Honor Thy Father (2015), Seklusyon (2016), BuyBust (2018), and On the Job: The Missing 8 (2021).

Erik Matti
Matti in 2014
Born (1970-12-21) December 21, 1970 (age 53)
EducationColegio San Agustin-Bacolod
Alma materUniversity of St. La Salle (withdrew)
Years active1995–present
SpouseMichiko Yamamoto

Matti co-founded the production company Reality Entertainment with Dondon Monteverde, son of film producer Lily Monteverde.[2][3] Matti and Monteverde also co-founded the streaming service Upstream.

Early life and education edit

Matti hails from Bacolod. He is the sixth (and youngest) children of Enrique, an atheist and custom's agent, and Julieta, a government employee raised in a family "considered to be gangsters". Of his deceased father, Matti reminisced that he was "an intellectual and never really saw work as something to devote himself into. He was a dreamer and a debater."[4]

Matti graduated from elementary and high school at Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod. He studied college at the University of St. La Salle initially as a biology major but eventually shifted his focus to mass communication. Despite his six years in college, he did not graduate.[4]

Career edit

Erik Matti's career in the film industry began when he was hired to supervise the script continuity for the 1994 superhero film Mars Ravelo's Darna! Ang Pagbabalik.[5]

His new project, TV series The Squatter, won the development prize at 2024 Series Mania Seriesmakers section. The show is produced by Ronald Monteverde.[6][7]

Personal life edit

Matti is married to screenwriter Michiko Yamamoto.[8] Politically he is an outspoken critic of Rodrigo Duterte, in part due to the Filipino president's proclamation of martial law during the Marawi crisis. As such, Matti sparked criticism for cursing at Duterte's supporters in social media.[9]

Filmography edit

Film edit

Year Title Director Writer Ref.
1996 Magic Temple No Yes
1999 Scorpio Nights 2 Yes Yes
1999 Ekis: Walang Tatakas Yes Yes
2000 Pedro Penduko, Episode II: The Return of the Comeback Yes No
2001 Sa Huling Paghihintay Yes No
2001 Dos Ekis Yes No
2002 Prosti Yes No
2003 Mano Po 2: My Home Yes No
2004 Gagamboy Yes No
2004 Pa-siyam Yes No
2005 Exodus: Tales from the Enchanted Kingdom Yes No
2009 The Arrival Yes Yes
2012 Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles Yes Yes
2012 Rigodon Yes No
2013 On the Job Yes Yes
2014 Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2 Yes No
2014 ABCs of Death 2 (Segment: 'I is for Invincible') Yes Yes
2015 Honor Thy Father Yes No
2016 Seklusyon Yes No
2018 BuyBust Yes Yes
2019 Kuwaresma Yes No
2021 A Girl and A Guy Yes No
2021 On the Job: The Missing 8 Yes No

Television edit

Year Title Director Producer Writer Note
2021 On the Job Yes Yes Yes

Awards edit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
1996 22nd Metro Manila Film Festival Best Original Story Magic Temple
(with Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes)
Won [10]
Best Screenplay Won
2014 30th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Cinematographer of the Year On the Job Won
Movie Director of the Year Won
2015 41st Metro Manila Film Festival Best Director Honor Thy Father Won [11]
Best Original Story (with Michiko Yamamoto) Nominated
2016 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival Best Director Seklusyon Won [10]
2020 ContentAsia Awards Best Director Food Lore
(episode: 'Island of Dreams')
Won [12]
2022 50th International Emmy Awards Best TV Movie or Miniseries On the Job Nominated

References edit

  1. ^ @ErikMatti (December 21, 2017). "It's my birthday today! So I deserve not to take a bath. #december21 #47not50" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Starring Piolo Pascual and Gerald Anderson and co-produced by Matti's Reality Entertainment with Star Cinema, "On the Job" is among the 21 films announced on Tuesday as part of the festival’s prestigious Directors Fortnight section. ("Erik Matti's 'On the Job' joins Cannes filmfest Directors Fortnight section". April 23, 2013. Archived from the original on April 27, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2013.)
  3. ^ Information about Reality Entertainment on its official Facebook
  4. ^ a b Pastor, Christina. "Erik Matti on PHL corruption: 'The country is like one big Sopranos clan'". GMA News. Archived from the original on July 19, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  5. ^ ABS-CBN News (October 4, 2018). "After 'Darna' exit, Erik Matti has message for Liza Soberano". ABS-CBN News. ABS-CBN Corporation. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  6. ^ Lemercier, Fabien (2024-03-21). "SERIESMAKERS awards Kevin Macdonald, Erik Matti and Barbara Albert". Cineuropa. Retrieved 2024-03-28.
  7. ^ Croll, Ben (2024-03-20). "Scotland's Kevin Macdonald, The Philippines' Erik Matti and Austria's Barbara Albert Take Top Seriesmakers Honors". Variety. Retrieved 2024-03-28.
  8. ^ Sallan, Edwin P. (July 3, 2017). "Buy Bust, Ang Larawan, Palanca winner among scripts snubbed by MMFF". Interaksyon. TV5. Archived from the original on July 3, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  9. ^ Serato, Arniel (May 29, 2017). "Erik Matti slams critics after cursing at Duterte supporters; gets an ally in Jim Paredes". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Archived from the original on July 19, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Metro Manila Film Festival at IMDb
  11. ^ Smith, Chuck. "Winners: 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival awards night". Philippine Star. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Erik Matti Food Lore Best Director". September 1, 2020. Retrieved December 6, 2020.

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