Erik Matti has had one of the more interesting filmmaking careers in recent memory. Once a name synonymous with erotic films such as Scorpio Nights 2 and Prosti, Matti went on to reinvent himself as a genre-bending director in the early 2010s, thanks to several critically acclaimed releases.
Now the toast of Filipino cinema, Matti is out to share the deets on his creative process in the 19th Rebelde Workshop. Learn how Matti crafts his films, from planting concepts, seeding ideas, to cultivating compelling storylines, straight from the icon himself! Sign up for Rebelde Class Batch 19 here: bit.ly/RebeldeClass19
In case you still need some convincing, check out some of his works that dared to stretch the confines of Filipino filmmaking.
On The Job (2013, 2021)
Responsible for Matti’s renaissance and arguably his magnum opus, On The Job (OTJ) proved Filipino action films can be compelling and unpredictable. Leather-jacket-wearing, untouchable protagonists are nowhere to be found; OTJ and its landscape are as gritty and dark as the political and socio-economic realities it tries to capture.
The sequel, The Missing 8, received a 5-minute standing ovation at the 78th Venice International Film Festival. Lead actor John Arcilla also won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor, a first for any Filipino.
Honor Thy Father
It is still a travesty that Honor Thy Father was disqualified from its Best Picture run due to a spat between its production crew and the Metro Manila Film Festival committee. It’s a shame, since moviegoers deserve thought-provoking and self-reflective entries to break the monotony of generic cookie-cutter content that the MMFF entertains every year.
At its core, BuyBust has a simple story: a group of cops tries to survive the night in the slums of Manila. But Erik Matti takes it a step further by sprinkling in bits of social commentary on Duterte’s controversial Drug War, while treating us to action scenes once thought too tall of a task to film.
BuyBust is frenetic, brutal, and at times, jaw-dropping – the usual course for Matti and his career resurgence.