Film, Television and Festivals

Film, Television and Festivals

The Matthew is a popular location choice for film and television – there genuinely isn’t another ship like it in the world, and she is often seen as a true working ‘pirate ship’.

As well as film and television work we take part in maritime and arts festivals. Work of this nature is highly individual – no two jobs are the same. Our captain and crew are highly experienced in their knowledge of the harbour as well as the ship, and will work creatively with you to make sure set up and filming run smoothly.

Film and TV

The Matthew has featured in a number of film and television productions and this is becoming a fast growing area of our work. 

We’ve starred in both series of Disney’s ‘Galavant’ and have been hired for location work for the forthcoming ‘Another Mother’s Son’.  The Matthew was chartered for the UK promotion of The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader.

We’ve also been in a number of  BBC productions such as Boats That Built Britain, The Hairy Bikers, Don’t Tell The Bride and Antiques Celebrity Roadshow and Channel 5’s The Lost Ship. 

Last but by no means least, we’ve been used as a music video location for A Doubtful Sound.


The Matthew has appeared at various maritime festivals at home and abroad – Brest and Vannes in France and Falmouth, Plymouth, Gloucester and Portsmouth closer to home here in Bristol.

We’ve also starred as the Ancient Mariner’s ship for the 2016 Coleridge in Wales festival, sailing into Cardiff Bay with a crew of zombies, and then touring along the south Wales coast to Swansea.

Photo By Skriczka
Photo by Skriczka.