Patti New­ton

From pain to joy as Matthew tri­umphs

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

It was the mo­ment Patti New­ton and her hus­band Bert had been wait­ing five long years to see – their beloved son Matthew shar­ing a glit­ter­ing red car­pet with the likes of An­gelina Jolie, Mar­got Rob­bie, Jen­nifer Lawrence and Kate Winslet.

“Patti is ab­so­lutely over the moon about Matt’s tri­umphant ap­pear­ance on the A-list,” con­firms a close friend, who says the Aussie TV vet­eran is be­yond ex­cited at her son’s in­cred­i­ble come­back, with his new film gar­ner­ing huge praise at the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

HAP­PI­EST MUM IN THE WORLD

“To see him mix­ing with stars and well­re­spected in­dus­try people again has been a dream of hers and Bert’s for years. They never stopped be­liev­ing in Matt, and to see him fi­nally re­alise his po­ten­tial has made her the hap­pi­est mum in the world.”

Now, the only fear Patti has about Matt’s suc­cess and ap­par­ent re­demp­tion is that it once again puts him back in the spot­light he found so hard to take all those years ago.

“She and Bert are try­ing not to think too far ahead, and they are just en­joy­ing the mo­ment,” our source says.

“But there’s a lit­tle bit of trep­i­da­tion as well, be­cause Patti knows there’s al­ways a risk that Matthew can mess things up, par­tic­u­larly if he gets too ex­cited. She’s in­cred­i­bly proud that he’s been clean for years now, and she just has her fin­gers crossed, that’s all she can do.”

Matthew, 40, has rein­vented him­self since flee­ing Aus­tralia five years ago un­der a very dark cloud, amid al­le­ga­tions of drug and al­co­hol abuse and vi­o­lently as­sault­ing his for­mer girl­friends, ac­tresses Brooke Satch­well and Rachael Tay­lor.

The Un­der­belly: A Tale Of Two Cities star fa­mously lost his highly paid job host­ing The X Fac­tor in 2010 after two do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dents. He was also ar­rested in the US in 2012 for bat­tery and re­sist­ing ar­rest after a dispute with a ho­tel clerk in Mi­ami, Florida.

FROM AC­TOR TO DI­REC­TOR

After a stint in re­hab, Matthew wound up in New York, where he stepped back from the lime­light to carve out a ca­reer be­hind the cam­era. The two films he has since di­rected have won him crit­i­cal ac­claim, with Who We Are Now open­ing to rave re­views in Toronto last week.

Show­biz bi­ble Va­ri­ety calls the film – which stars Ju­lianne Ni­chol­son, Jimmy Smits, Zachary Quinto, Ja­son Biggs and Emma Roberts – an “ex­em­plary in­die drama from writer-di­rec­tor Matthew New­ton”. The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter com­pares Matt to the late es­teemed di­rec­tor Robert Alt­man.

“Patti is just so proud of how Matthew went about do­ing this film,” her friend says. “This was an in­die film, which he wrote and in­de­pen­dently sourced the fi­nance for, with­out a big movie com­pany un­der­writ­ing it.

“He also at­tracted some pretty big names to par­tic­i­pate for very lit­tle pay, and best of all, it’s a huge suc­cess.

“Patti is chuffed at what a good op­er­a­tor he is now that he’s fi­nally put his demons to rest. She now re­alises that be­hind the cam­era is where his best tal­ent lies, not in front of it. Patti has fi­nally rec­on­ciled her­self to the fact that he’s never go­ing to be a lead­ing man type.

A SEC­OND CHANCE

“The whole fam­ily is thrilled that he is ac­cepted among huge stars, who want to work with him.

“It still burns Patti that Matt had the world at his feet at one stage and blew it, that he knocked him­self out of the game,’ her friend says, adding, “She just wants people to give him an­other chance.”

‘To see Matthew mix­ing with stars again has been a dream of hers’

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