Matilda Brown is an accomplished actress, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. She has written, directed, and produced several acclaimed short films and web series, showcasing her storytelling abilities and distinctive style. Her work often delves into themes of human connection, introspection, and the complexities of modern life.
Beyond her artistic endeavours, Matilda Brown is also the owner and founder of The Good Farm Shop. This venture reflects her passion for sustainable living and promoting ethical consumerism. The Good Farm Shop offers a curated selection of artisanal meals, made from organic and regeneratively farmed ingredients. Matilda's dedication to supporting local farmers and fostering a more sustainable lifestyle has made The Good Farm Shop a popular destination for those seeking quality and conscious products.
1. What do you love about being the Co-founder of the Good Farm Shop?
I love being in control of my work. Unlike the film industry where you’re constantly at the whim of decision makers, having my own business means I can charge ahead. Of course there are road blocks, but that comes down to is hard work, creativity and problem solving. Plus, I love what my business is about: the philosophy and the values run so deep for us. I love that we are making our own small difference in the world.
2. Favourite book to read by the pool?
I have just finished SUCH a good book. Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld. Such good writing and so witty. The only thing that could have made it better is reading it by a pool in summer. Unfortunately its winter so I was mostly curled up under my covers.
3. Favourite place to soak up the sun?
South side of Whale Beach, on the rocks.
4. What makes a good community for you?
I love the community I live in now. Avalon. But I’ve had many great communities in my time. I think one of the most important things is having a place to go to when you just want to be in the company of people but don’t necessarily want to chat. Like, for me now it’s Bookacino. A beautiful cafe and bookstore in the heart of Avalon, and everyone who works there is wonderful and I can sit and do work or take the kids for a hot chocolate and I just feel happy.
What's the best piece of advice someone has given you to navigate life?
My dad was selling insurance before he became an actor, so he knew statistics. And he’d worked out that statistically he was going to get a certain amount of no’s, before he got a YES. So every time he got a NO, he’d be like “bloody ripper” because it was closer to the yes.
I love this, because I think it helps take the emotion out of it. So many things in life are just a numbers game and you have to hang in long enough to get to your YES.
I’ve applied this to many aspects of life. Dating, acting, and now, looking for retailers to stock our meals. Every no is just closer to the next yes.