After his wife leaves him and his son stops speaking to him, retired Adelaide engineer Frank Forbes whiles away his time sorting out tools in his shed. In a desperate attempt to get him to connect with society his daughter, Tracey buys him a computer and an internet connection. Via random emails he encounters would-be Nollywood filmmaker, Ishaku, whose indefatigable optimism draws him into a world of comforting delusions. After the capricious decision to invest in Ishaku's next movie, Frank takes the desperate measure of flying to Lagos to get his money back.
Based on a true story, Frank Forbes and the Yahoo Boy is a new play by Adelaide writer and filmmaker Matt Hawkins.
Matt Hawkins graduated from AFTRS in 2001. Since that time he has written for The Micallef Program (ABC), Life Support (SBS) and Always Greener (7 Network). In 2005 and 2006 he lived in Ghana and lectured at the National Film Institute as well as writing 26 episodes of the hit GTV drama series Different Shades of Blue. His theatrical work includes Hairpiece of the Revolution, performed at Belvoir Sreet in Sydney and The Singularity, performed at the Clapham Grand, London.
He has been nominated for an AFI for screenwriting and his short films have appeared in over 20 international film festivals.