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​. Matthew "Matt" Sunderland  (born c.1972) is a New Zealand actor. He performed the lead role of David Gray in the feature film Out of the Blue, based on the events of the Aramoana Massacre. At the New Zealand Screen Awards in 2008 he won Best Actor Award for this role. Sunderland was also nominated for a Best Actor Award in the 2006 NZ Screen Awards for Natures Way, which screened In Competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006. His other feature film roles include A Song of Good, Christmas, Stringer and Woodenhead as well as more than twenty short films. Sunderland graduated from The New Zealand Drama School Toi Whakaari in 1997 and has concentrated on New Zealand film work with numerous theatre excursions also. He has appeared at the Silo Theatre (Fool for Love, Blasted), and the Herald Theatre (Trainspotting) in Auckland, and the Court Theatre in Christchurch (Peninsula) . Sunderland appeared in the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Streets first official 90 minute episode as White Dragon in a storyline concluding the 3 year Kieran Mitchell story arc.


2019A Moray as Marlon
2019The Nightingale as Davey
20176 Days as Tom Lovett
2017The Lost City of Z as Dan
2016Cradle as Mark
2015Backtrack as Steve, Barry's Brother
2013The Weight of Elephants as Uncle Rory
2012Existence as Rider
2011The Devil's Rock as Col Klaus Meyer
2008Kiss Me Deadly as Vigo
2007The Last Magic Show as Lemuel
2006Out of the Blue as David Gray
2003Woodenhead as Gustav the Strongman
2003Woodenhead as Tramp's vocals
2003Christmas as Brett

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