Matt Doran’s bringing The Force to Adelaide for Oz Comic-Con
Matt Doran is one of the special guests at this weekend’s Australian debut of Oz Comic-Con in Adelaide. To sci-fi fans he’s best known for his roles as Mouse in The Matrix and Elan Sleazebaggano in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. He spoke to Mark Gamtcheff…
Matt Doran doesn’t think of himself as a conventions expert, having done only a few comic and science fiction “con” appearances, but he’s excited about his visit to Adelaide for the first Oz Comic-Con.
“I really enjoy conventions,” he told me. “It’s a great way to meet people who are into the films. I thought I was into films, but some of these people are right into it, and the costumes some make for themselves… you see how much detail and effort’s gone into them.”
He’s looking forward to meeting his fans, many of whom cherish the memorable scene in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones in which his character attempted to sell death sticks to straight-laced Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi.
“I’m quite thrilled that the part is such a memorable thing for so many people,” Matt said.
When I mentioned the similarities to the legendary Mos Eisley Cantina scene in Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) he pointed out another important link to the original film: “It’s the first time we see the young version of Obi-Wan using the Jedi mind trick.”
Matt Doran played Mouse in The Matrix; a brilliant young hacker and the designer of the training programs that Neo (played by Keanu Reeves) undertook. His character also delivered one of the movie’s most memorable lines: “To deny our impulses is to deny the very thing that makes us human”. Unfortunately Mouse met an untimely end at the hands an Agent-led SWAT team.
“The way I got to die was pretty cool, as opposed to some of the other characters,” Matt Doran said. “Better to go out in a blaze of glory, as opposed to just being unplugged.”
Matt Doran’s most recent feature length project is Found Footage, written by Matt’s good friend, Samuel Bartlett. The trailer looks like a cross between Dexter and Paranormal Activity, featuring haunting yet fascinating voyeuristic handheld footage.
Matt explained that the film was shot on a shoe-string budget. “It was pretty much [Samuel Bartlett] directing it, me shooting it and also playing the main character, and us working out where we could go with this script.”
Found Footage is likely to premiere soon at a film festival, possibly in Australia, and Matt Doran and Samuel Bartlett are now working on ideas for another feature film in the horror genre.
Matt’s done conventions in Sydney and London in the past and appeared at a Melbourne comic shop event which involved a Star Wars: The Clone Wars screening and a Q&A session. He enjoys meeting and talking to fans, so when he was asked to come Oz Comic-Con in Adelaide he immediately thought “Why not?”
Come along to Oz Comic-Con in Adelaide and meet Matt Doran and the other special guests. Check the schedules to see when he and other guest are appearing.
Adelaide’s first installment of Australia’s top fan event is this weekend, Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April at the Goyder Pavillion, Wayville Showgrounds… a feast of pop-culture in the spirit of other Comic-Con events around the world.
Tickets are available for purchase on the door, and
adult tickets come with free entry for one child under 12.
Also see our other posts about Oz-Comic-Con in Adelaide:
Great guests for Oz Comic-Con in Adelaide
Gigi Edgley says “Adelaide, watch out!” Oz Comic-Con’s coming