Film, Television and Festivals

Film, Television and Festivals

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

The Matthew is available for hire for film and television work and is a fantastic location for your photo shoot. She also takes part in maritime and arts festivals in the UK and beyond. Our captain and crew are highly experienced in their knowledge of Bristol Harbour as well as the ship, and they will work creatively with you to make sure setup and filming run smoothly.

The requirements for work of this nature is highly individual and no two jobs are the same. Please get in touch to discuss your project:


Tel: 0117 927 6868 (office hours: Mon, Weds and Fri, 9.30am–3pm)

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 we were hired for location work on the World War II film Another Mother’s Son. The Matthew was also chartered for the UK promotion of The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader.

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

We’ve even been used as a music video location for A Doubtful Sound!

Photo shoots

The Matthew is a great location for your natural light photo shoot – just take a look at our Instagram page! Bristol's harbourside and the ship herself offer a fantastic backdrop at all times of the day and in all weathers.


The Matthew has appeared at various maritime festivals, both 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, then touring along the South Wales coast to Swansea.

Photo By Skriczka
Photo by Skriczka.