After graduating from the University of Westminster Film & TV BA in 2000, where he was mentored by award winning screenwriter Tony Grisoni, Nicholas went on to become a full time rickshaw rider in Soho for three years before going back into education and doing an MA in producing at Royal Holloway.

Soon after he secured a position as a development researcher at the London based indy Leopardrama, where he worked for three years under executive producers Nadine Marsh-Edwards and Amada Jenks on fact based drama's, including ITV's BAFTA nominated, 'Mysterious Creatures' starring Brenda Belthyn and Timothy Spall.

In 2008 Nicholas left Leopardrama to pursue his directing career and was commisioned by Al Gore's network Current TV to direct 3 x 10 minute documentaries shooting in Miami, Macau and Melbourne. Nicholas went on to direct two more films for Current TV including the 60 minute special 'Incest: The Last Taboo' which became the networks highest ever rated show and sold to over 20 territories worldwide.

In 2009 Nicholas began his working relationship with Vice and since then he has directed over 25 short form documentaries for their online platforms, shooting across South America, sub-Sahran Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific. To date his Vice documentaries have amassed approximately 10 million plus views on YouTube.

In 2014 he teamed up with Vice Global Head of Content, Alex Miller, to direct the 30 minute Vice News documentary 'Sisa: Cocaine of the Poor' - about the drug epidemic in austerity hit Athens. The film went on to win the People's Voice Webby Award for the News & Politics: Individual Episode category. The Guardian said the investigation was "a gripping and chilling reminder of the reality of Greece's economic crisis".

In 2011 Nicholas won his first commission from Al Jazeera English (AJE), directing a documentary about ethnic minority midwives working on the remote border of Vietnam and China. In total he has directed seven, 30 minute films for AJE, on subjects ranging from plastic surgery in Seoul to aboriginal rights in Australia. In 2014 he made his first on screen appearance on AJE as a reporter for it's Asia Pacific documentary strand '101 East'.

In 2015 his AJE film about award winning Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia was nominated for an Asian TV Award in the 'Best Social Awareness' category and since then he has directed two more films for AJE's flagship observational documentary strand 'Witness', in Peru and Japan, both original commissions. 

In February 2017 he made his debut film for the award winning series 'Undercover Asia' for the Singaporean English language network, Channel News Asia. The one hour story 'Lonely Deaths' focuses on a team of cleaners in Tokyo as they tackle the aftermath of apartments where people have died alone. 

Currently Nicholas is focusing on long form documentary and drama-documentary singles and series for US and European networks, and is developing several feature documentaries. 

 

 


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