Nathaniel Schmidt, Brenda Matthews

14 September 2022

Nathaniel is an Australian/American director based in Adelaide, South Australia.  

He spent six years in Minneapolis, Minnesota filming a series of stories about midwestern life in a six month winter climate. From there, he directed the award-winning short documentary ICE BALL (2021) with renowned Polar Explorer, Will Steger, which won Best Documentary Short at Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival 2021, before premiering on Short of the Week, and being selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick.  

Since returning to Australia in 2017, Nathaniel has been co-directing his first feature documentary, THE LAST DAUGHTER, with Wiradjuri storyteller, Brenda Matthews

Brenda Matthews is a proud Wiradjuri woman living with her husband Mark, in Bundjalung Country, Queensland.

Since 2012 they’ve been hosting cultural camps together, taking teenagers on Country.

Brenda is a mother, a grandmother, a poet, a writer, a speaker and an emerging film director, making her feature film debut with THE LAST DAUGHTER, a documentary about Brenda’s life.

As part of her journey, Brenda penned her first book, also titled ‘The Last Daughter’, which she’s currently editing with Text Publishing. Having trained with Karen Thomas, a renowned speaking coach, Brenda shares her story through public speaking, booking engagements across the education and corporate sectors.