WE DON’T DESERVE DOGS (Doc Feature Competition) is from filmmaking duo and SXSW alumns Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker. Their previous film BARBECUE (2017) was a SXSW hit, and this doc is sure to be another. 


A contemplative odyssey across our planet, looking at the simple and extraordinary ways that dogs influence our daily lives. Former child soldiers in Uganda. The local pub in a Scottish town. A dog walker on the streets of Istanbul. A kaleidoscope of unconventional portraits from fascinating locations.

People need dogs, and perhaps they need us, but what do humans do to deserve the unconditional love they provide?  

About the Filmmakers

Matthew Salleh & Rose Tucker

Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker are an Australian born, Brooklyn based documentary filmmaking duo. Their debut feature ‘Barbecue’ world premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) in 2017 and went on to be picked up for a global release by Netflix. The film was the recipient of the 2018 James Beard Award for Best Documentary.

Their short documentaries have won awards and played at festivals around the globe. ‘Pablo’s Villa’ was the recipient of the 2014 ATOM Award for Best Australian Short Documentary, and ‘Central Texas Barbecue’ was awarded Best Short Film at the 2015 New York Food Film Festival.

 Their films are consistent festival favorites, screening at the Sydney Film Festival, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Chicago Film Festival (Summer Series) and Melbourne International Film Festival – over 30 film festivals in the past 6 years.

Partners in life as well as art, Matthew and Rose have collaborated for over a decade. They work together as a two-person crew – Matthew as director and cinematographer, Rose as producer and sound recordist. Their films are often international in nature, and they have been fortunate to film in over two dozen countries around the globe. Making their films with a crew of two brings a unique perspective and sense of intimacy to their work.

SXSW 2020 Screenings:

Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Alamo Lamar E @ 11:00am 
Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Violet Crown Cinema 2 @ 5:30pm
Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Violet Crown Cinema 4 @ 6:00pm
Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Zach Theatre @ 5:15pm  

  SXSW Website: https://schedule.sxsw.com/2020/films/2023297