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Richard Matthews III

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Atkins Limited

Woodcote GroveAshley Road

Epsom, Surrey KT18 5BW

United Kingdom

Company Description

We plan, design, and enable our clients' capital programs. We have the breadth and depth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time critical infrastructure projects and to facilitate the urgent transition to a low carbon econom ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Freelance Graphic and Architectural Designer

R3 Architecture - Graphics - Design

Intern Architect


Cameraman and Director


Producer and Cameraman

Wild FilmNews


Board Member
Ward 7 Business Partnership


B.Sc. Honours degree

Life Sciences

first class diploma

Photography , Film and Television

Web References (15 Total References)

ABOUT US « Table Mountain Films [cached]

RICHARD MATTHEWS - in memoriam

RICHARD MATTHEWS - in memoriam

KATHARINA PECHEL « Table Mountain Films [cached]

RICHARD MATTHEWS - in memoriam

RICHARD MATTHEWS - in memoriam

JOE KENNEDY « Table Mountain Films [cached]

RICHARD MATTHEWS - in memoriam

RICHARD MATTHEWS - in memoriam

RICHARD MATTHEWS – in memoriam « Table Mountain Films [cached]

RICHARD MATTHEWS - in memoriam

RICHARD MATTHEWS - in memoriam
Producer / Director of Photography
Richard Matthews' career as a wildlife filmmaker was full of these moments. He never lost his enthusiasm for sharing his love of the natural world with television audiences. He tragically lost his life in 2013.
RICHARD MATTHEWS - in memoriam

Richard Matthews – Wildlife Cameraman: An Appreciation – Jonathan & Angela Scott [cached]

Richard Matthews - Wildlife Cameraman: An Appreciation

Angie and I were deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Cape Town wildlife filmmaker Richard Matthews.
Richard - who co-owned Table Mountain Films - and pilot Mark Berry died earlier this week in a plane crash in Namibia while filming aerials for an international documentary.
Richard and his wife Sammantha were old friends of ours dating back to the 1980s here in Kenya. We join their many friends in sending our love and condolences to Sammantha and her children and all the family - and to Mark's family too.
Richard was unique. I first met him in the early 1980s while working on the story of The Leopard's Tale (1985). He enjoyed roaming Fig Tree Ridge and Leopard Gorge (above) as much as Angie and I love to - home to Chui, Half-Tail, and Zawadi in times past. He was a talented stills photographer with a great love of East Africa and its people and wildlife. Richard had already established himself as an Assistant Producer with the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol. But his heart was always in Africa where he was born. He was very much his own man and we all knew that Richard would never settle for second best. He had a great eye for the shot and a wonderful understanding of light. He was an artist with his camera and soon decided he wanted to set up on his own as a wildlife cameraman. When Richard heard that a leopard mother had given birth to three cubs along Rhino Ridge in 1985 he decided to step up. That meant taking moving out of his comfort zone - mortgaging his home and heading back to Africa - literally putting his money where his mouth was. We spoke on the phone when I was in the UK - he was concerned about the risk he was taking but I knew this was what he needed to do - this was his golden opportunity - one of those moments when you have to decide if you are going to live the life of your dreams - or step back.
Richard was feisty, competitive and totally dedicated to his craft. He made his film on the leopard mother - it was a classic - some of the shots were achingly beautiful in their artistry - he really did have that magic ingredient. There was a 'look' to his work that was all his own. By getting stuck in like this he put his reputation on the line - he was filming the same leopard that the BBC decided they wanted to film for the Natural World! Typically that just made Richard all the more determined and he got some unique footage along the way - including a 'killer' sequence to top it off when the mother leopard leapt out of a tree to snatch a zebra foal!
Richard then worked with the legendary wildlife cameraman Alan Root in the Serengeti around the time I was collecting material for books on the wildebeest migration and the wild dogs.
Samantha gave Richard her dedication, loyalty and love - and the wonderful children that were and are so special to them both.
Later Richard worked with us on Big Cat Diary and we always knew Richard's 'rushes' - they were so beautifully shot - with his unerring eye for sidelight and backlight, mood and emotion. Samantha and Richard agonised over the economics of whether to buy a home in Kenya or head south to where Richard had grown up.
So they headed south with Richard now intent on combining his love of flying with his craft as a cameraman.
Richard was a man of many talents. He was a leader and a pioneer in his field. He had what it takes to step up.
And even though we lost contact with Richard and Samantha these past few years we were always delighted to hear news of their achievements.
Richard had a soft and sensitive side that sometimes got hidden by his drive and determination to complete his ideas. But anyone who knew Richard well understood his vision, saw his kindness and loving side, admired his boundless energy. He will be sorely missed by his friends and family.
14 comments on " Richard Matthews - Wildlife Cameraman: An Appreciation"
That early leopard film by Richard from the 1980s was an inspiration, I had never seen such intimate footage of wild leopards before that. What a terrible loss.
Thank you Jonathan and Angie for a touching tribute to Richard. I first met him in 1979 (!) when he first joined the NHU and a gang of us would hang out together in a (rather smaller, then!) Bristol.
I have only the greatest respect for Richard as a filmmaker - and affection as a friend. Best wishes to you both, Brian

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