Matt Heath and his partner in comedic crime Chris Stapp attracted attention with their rough and tumble 2001 series Back of the Y Masterpiece Television. The show sold to MTV UK, and spawned band Deja Voodoo. The pair took their stunts and slapstick mayhem to the big screen with 2007 movie The Devil Dared Me To. Heath is also a Radio Hauraki DJ, who runs company Vinewood Motion Graphics alongside fellow Back of the Y survivor Phil Brough.    

Like a pair of bogan Peter Pans, Matt Heath and Chris Stapp live every boy's fantasy, making the kind of TV that gets its giggles from downright disgusting toilet humour, as many explosions as possible and stunts that always go horribly wrong. 'The devil in them', 9 October 2007 Sunday Star-Times interview
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The Moment

2018, Presenter - Television

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Fire in Cardboard City

2017, Writer, Producer, As: Helicopter Dude #2 - Short Film

As the trailer makes clear, this award-winning animated short film has a key ingredient for a pulp movie: cardboard. It also features car chases, explosions and a fire brigade fighting to save Cardboard City (including The Beehive and Sky Tower). Director Phil Brough collaborated on the script with fellow Back of the Y alumnus Matt Heath. Leigh Hart and Jeremy Wells are among the voices in the film, which was six years in the making. Fire in Cardboard City was selected for the 2018 Berlin and Tribeca film festivals, and won Best New Zealand Film at the 2017 Show Me Shorts Film Festival.

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ACC Champagne Rugby

2015, Presenter - Television

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Nigel the Knight

2015, As: Nigel the Knight - Short Film

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Best Bits

2013 - 2015, Presenter - Television

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Thank You, Mr Brick

2012, As: Matt - Short Film

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The Loose Adventures of Uncle Flapp

2012, Producer - Short Film

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Honk if You're Horny

2012, Producer - Short Film

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Shearing Gang

2012, Writer - Television

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Bogan Family Films

2010, As: Matt Bogan, Writer, Producer - Television

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Feedback

2010, Writer, Producer, Director - Television

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Pulp Sport - Series Seven, Episode Three

2009, As: Bully Number 1 - Television

In this episode of their award-winning comedy series, Bill and Ben recount their life story, and manage to pack in Breakers basketball star CJ Bruton, a dead cheerleader, mascots in therapy, a cameo Tim Shadbolt, Back of the Y's Chris Stapp and Matt Heath as bogan bullies, a Flight of the Conchords homage and a host of other pop culture references (including Harry Potter, Forrest Gump and Wayne's World). Sporting Hell is "Fair Factor" with a sadistic take on fairground sideshows; and Bill and Ben also decide that crayfishing needn't involve getting wet.

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The Jaquie Brown Diaries

2009, As: Video Store Clerk - Television

TV personality Jaquie Brown plays (and plays up) herself for delightful comic effect in this hit TV3 satire. Former Campbell Live reporter Brown plays an egomaniacal journalist looking to climb the media ladder any which way she can. Auckland's aspirational set: a cast of Metro social page alumni and wannabes, are skewered with self-referential glee. The second series was retitled for DVD release as The Jaquie Brown Odyssey; both series won acclaim and Best Comedy gongs at the Qantas Film and TV Awards. The Listener gushed: "A local sitcom that doesn't suck."  

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The Devil Dared Me To

2007, As: Dick Johansonson, Producer, Editor, Writer - Film

From the duo (Matt Heath and Chris Strapp) behind bad taste TV series Back of the Y, this feature follows Randy Cambell's rocket car driven mission to be "NZ’s greatest living stuntman". Gross and petrol-fuelled palaver ensues en route to a date with speedway destiny, as Cambell romances a one-legged female Evil Knievel, and fights a not-so-death defying family curse. Scott Weinberg (Cinematical) praised this low budget "cross between The Road Warrior, Mad Magazine and Jackass" as "loud, raucous and adorably stupid" when it premiered at US fest SXSW 2007. 

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Jono's New Show

2007 - 2009, As: Himself - Television

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Eating Media Lunch - Best Of Episode

2006, Editor - Television

In this highlights special culled from the first four years of Eating Media Lunch, presenter Jeremy Wells manages to keep a straight face while mercilessly satirising all manner of mainstream media. Leaping channels and barriers of taste, the episode shows the fine line between send-up and target. The 'Worst of EML' tests the patience of talkback radio hosts and goes behind the demise of celebrity merino Shrek; plus terrorist blooper reels, Destiny Church protests, Target hijinks, and our first indigenous porno flick (you have been warned: not suitable for children).

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Balls of Steel

2005,2005, As: Himself, Writer - Television

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Bogan's Heroes

2005, Writer, Producer, Actor - Television

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Eating Media Lunch

2003 - 2008, Editor - Television

Eating Media Lunch satirised mainstream media, from "issues of the day" journalism to reality TV to the society pages (lampooned in the "celebrity share market index index"). No fish was too big or barrel too small. Presenter Jeremy Wells kept a straight face over seven seasons of often controversial episodes, while investigating issues inexplicably missed by other media (eg the porno film made in Taranaki and shot in te reo, or ritalin-fueled reality programme Medswap). EML's seventh season won Best Comedy Programme at the 2008 Qantas Film and Television Awards.  

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Back of the Y Goes To Hollywood

2002, Writer, Producer, Actor - Television

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Heavenly Pop Hits - The Flying Nun Story

2002, Research - Television

This documentary tells the story of the legendary Flying Nun music label up to its 21st birthday. The label became associated with the 'Dunedin Sound': a catch-all term for a sprawl of DIY, post-punk, warped, jangly guitar-pop. The Guardian: "[it's] as if being on the other side of the world meant the music was played upside down". Features interviews with founder Roger Shepherd and many key players, the spats and the glory. The label's influence on the US indie scene is noted, and Pavement's Stephen Malkmus covers The Verlaines' 'Death and the Maiden'. 

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Drag Racer

2002, Director - Music video

Chris Stapp and Matt Heath's adept manipulation of miniatures combined with the band's nihilistic performances make for one of NZ's most hilarious (albeit puerile) music clips. Depictions of drug inhalation and drinking while driving, along with violent confrontations with the law, only add to the tongue-in-cheek Back of the Y establishment-baiting that a generation of bogans, students and boy racers has come to know and love.

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Back of the Y Masterpiece Television

2001 - 2008, Writer, Editor, Producer, Director, Co-Creator, As: Danny Parker, Dick Johansonson - Television

This cult late-night TV2 series was a bawdy bogan Kiwi variety show, mixing sacrilege, beer-fuelled hijinks and Jackass-like stunts. Created by Chris Stapp and Matt Heath, it centred around a mock live TV show, with music from house band Deja Voodoo. Characters such as "retarded South Island mechanic" Spanners Watson featured in BSA-baiting segments like 'Randy Campbell's Extreme Stunts' (fodder for film The Devil Dared Me To) and 'Cunstables'. This first series also screened on MTV2 in Europe and Channel V in Australia. A second series screened on C4 in 2008.

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Back of the Y Masterpiece Television - 1, First Episode

2001, Producer, Editor, Writer, As: Danny Parker, Dick Johansonson - Television

In this debut episode of Chris Stapp and Matt Heath's bawdy, bogan TV variety series spoof, we meet "NZ's most loved TV personality" Danny Parker and "NZ's greatest ever stunt man" Randy Campbell. Parker's interview with Campbell results in an all-in studio brawl (not for the last time) and Campbell's attempt to jump over an ape in a cage on a BMX bike goes "horribly wrong" (not for the last time). The Constables set up a self-serving checkpoint, and Bottlestore Galactica attempts to make the galaxy a safer place for drinkers everywhere.

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Back of the Y Masterpiece Television - 3, Series One, Episode Three

2001, Editor, Writer, Producer, As: Danny Parker, Dick Johansonson - Television

This episode of Chris Stapp and Matt Heath's bawdy, bogan, BSA-baiting TV variety series spoof is a drugs special. Convinced that all students are on drugs, the Constables travel to Dunedin to deal to the local scarfie population; and a baggy-trousered, inner city pothead journeys into the backblocks in search of a cannabis mother lode in 'Te Puke Thunder'. Meanwhile, a new feature introduces "extreme" cameraman Wally Simmonds (profiling a sight impaired skate team) and stuntman Randy Campbell has to cope with his team's incompetence as well as his own.

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Back of the Y Masterpiece Television - 4, Series One, Episode Four

2001, Editor, Writer, Producer, As: Danny Parker, Dick Johansonson - Television

This episode of Chris Stapp and Matt Heath's bawdy, bogan, BSA baiting TV variety series spoof promises "action packed action". The Constables need the assistance of the Onehunga Armed Offenders Squad to nullify the threat posed by a small boy with a water pistol. Host Danny Parker interviews "retarded South Island mechanic" Spanners Watson about the increase in mechanical incompetence and hospitalisations since he joined stuntman Randy Campbell's crew. Campbell's stunt will only ever end one way, and "NZ's number one porn detective" Smoodiver debuts.

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Back of the Y Masterpiece Television - 5, Series One, Episode Five

2001, Editor, Writer, Producer, As: Danny Parker - Television

In this episode of the "greatest TV show on earth", the ape set on fire in the show's first episode — when Randy Campbell's stunt went "horribly wrong" — has escaped, and the hairy one is after vengeance. Meanwhile the police show no sympathy for presenter Danny Parker and daredevil Campbell, for the way the show has portrayed them. And against all odds, Spanners Watson's rocket car 'The Spirit of Russell Crowe' might actually work ... but the ape and the police are closing in.

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Back of the Y Masterpiece Television - 6, Series One, Episode Six

2001, Editor, Writer, Producer, As: Danny Parker - Television

In this episode of Chris Stapp and Matt Heath's bawdy, bogan, BSA baiting TV variety series spoof, studio band Deja Voodoo have been fire after the police raid in the previous episode — but replacements, The Warlocks of Firetop Mountain, lack the "sharp suits and sharp tunes" that presenter Danny Parker is looking for in a band. There's an extended episode of Bottlestore Galactica but the real focus is on stuntman Randy Campbell's last despairing attempt to succeed at even the simplest challenge. His inevitable failure extacts a terrifying toll.

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Back of the Y Masterpiece Television - 7, Series One, Episode Seven

2001, Writer, Editor, Producer, As: Danny Parker, Dick Johansonson - Television

The final episode of Chris Stapp and Matt Heath's bawdy, bogan, BSA baiting TV variety series spoof opens with a tribute to "People's Presenter" Danny Parker who was a victim of the previous episode's carnage. Show regular Piers Graham looks behind the scenes at the show's imagined past (including 60s exploitation pic 'Datura Flowers of the Garden of Death') and the real injuries sustained by cast members in the show's stunts; and hapless mechanic Spanners Watson get his chance to assume daredevil stuntman Randy Campbell's hopeless mantle.

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Back of the Y Masterpiece Television - 2, Series One, Episode Two

2001, Editor, Writer, Producer, As: Danny Parker, Dick Johansonson - Television

This episode of Chris Stapp and Matt Heath's bawdy, bogan, BSA baiting TV variety series spoof is a Bullying Special featuring 12 year old, gingered-headed Maurice (from the South Island) futilely attempting to make new friends in a typical Auckland school. Meanwhile, Constables Rob Bogan and Neville Pratt deal out an "art lesson they won't forget" to unsuspecting graffiti artists. Stuntman Randy Campbell's "dangerous, reckless and bloody stupid" attempt to jump off the back of the studio results in yet another "dark day for the NZ stunt industry".

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Underwater Mountain

2000, Director - Music video

Website AllMusic argued that the stripped back, "vagually rootsy" sounds of the Nashville-recorded Say It is So made for one of Tim Finn's finest albums to date. The mostly animated video for the opening track follows a depressed computer worker who goes stir crazy, before a serendipitious escape alongside the only woman in the office. Aside from romance, he soon discovers adventure can spring less welcome surprises. Directors Matt Heath and Chris Stapp (Back of the Y) get in an environmental message, once things get aquatic.