Matt’s journey from Horsham Capitol to the showbiz capital of the world

Horsham-educated script writer Matt Charman is off to the Oscars next month after being nominated for an award.

Last year Matt raised nearly £1,000 for Horsham Museum with a question and answer session after a showing of Bridge of Spies, for which he wrote the film script, at the town’s Capitol.

The cold war thriller, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg, has six Oscar nominations and, and among them is one for best original screen play. Bridge of Spies was Matt’s first screenplay and has proved a huge hit with critics and the public.

Matt was brought up at Dragons Green, near Billingshurst, and attended Forest School, Horsham.

His first efforts at writing plays were performed at the Capitol.

Matt’s father’s side of the family made their home nearly 200 years ago at Great House Farm Southwater, where Matt attended the local school. When younger he wrote a musical called Falling for Eve that was performed in Horsham and proved to be an important step in his rise to become a top screenwriter.

Matt said of the nominations: “I checked on the Oscars web site and saw a live screening of the nominations. It got to the best screenplay category and they announced Bridge of Spies and then my name and I just thought ‘Wow. We are going to the Oscars.’ It’s very exciting.”

Matt, now based in London, is up against Ex Machina, Inside Out, Spotlight, and Straight Outa Compton for the best original screenplay award.

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