A Home and Away star has shared a heartbreaking tribute to a filmmaker who was tragically killed in a plane crash in Victoria's northeast.
Mathew Farrell, a 42-year-old filmmaker and photographer, died after his plane went down in dense bushland 30km of Tallangatta.
An Australian Maritime Safety Authority spokesperson said the aircraft was reported overdue just after 2pm Sunday.
The authority led an extensive search between Mount Beauty and Corryong following the reports the pilot did not reach his destination of Wollongong in NSW.
Mathew was later found dead at the scene and was the only person on board the plane.
Following the tragic news of his death, former Home and Away star Bonnie Sveen, who played popular character Ricky Sharpe in the soap, posted a montage of photos of Mathew along with a heartfelt tribute.
"Tassie lost a kind, big-hearted person and filmmaker this week. Mat Farrell was a photographer, editor and man-of-many-hats – and pretty entrenched in the creative and media communities here," she wrote.
"I worked closely with him on the short film we made nearly two years ago, Life Lives On – an idea I had that simply wouldn’t have come to life without Mat’s generous time, input and passion.
"He was the DOP and Editor. I thought (and hoped!) it was the first of many projects we’d get to work together on.
"Sending love and strength to Mat’s fiancée and family and grieving friends. What a horrible shock to lose him so young. Rest easy Mat… and thank you for all you shared with the world."
Australian Cinematographer's Society – Tasmania said on Facebook it was "shocked and deeply saddened" by the tragic loss.
"Always good company, passionate and energetic member of the ACS, we shall miss him," it wrote.
One commented the news was "honestly gut-wrenching".
"Mat's passion, optimism, talent, sense of fun and magnificent and ever-present smile were infectious," the tribute read.
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