Nicholas began his career directing Super 8 music videos for musicians including Wendy Rule, Kerri Simpson, Craig Patterson, Beki & The Bullets and Monique Brumby.
In 2003, Nicholas wrote and directed his first feature film, MAX: A Cautionary Tale – a coming of age thriller inspired by The Breakfast Club and A Nightmare On Elm Street 2. It screened at festivals around Australia, USA (screening at Walt Disney World and winning Best New Director at the New York Independent Film & Video Festival) and Europe.
Since then, he has been commissioned by the Next Wave Festival to produce a series of shorts entitled 3 Stories High as well as directing the short films, Hollow Bones, Hugo (winner of the Grand Prize for Fantasy at the Rhode Island International Film Festival), Training Wheels, three Apocalypse Bear webisodes and Flight (a Tropfest finalist).
His television work includes Snake Tales, a children’s sitcom for Network Nine (winner of the ATOM award for Best Childrens Programme and Gold Remi Award at Worldfest Houston) and is currently the multi-content director for Conspiracy 365, a 12 part thriller series for The Movie Network screening in 2012.
In 2009, he was invited to attend the Berlinale Talent Campus receiving mentoring from filmmakers such as Tilda Swinton, Janusz Kaminski and Willem Dafoe. He followed this with radical actor training with Song of the Goat theatre company in Poland.
He is currently in financing on his new feature, The 24 Hour Window, a teen comedy drawing upon the one night adventure films of the 80’s. During its development it has received funding support from Screen Australia, Film Victoria and was developed at the Binger FilmLab in Amsterdam as part of the Directors Coaching Programme.
His other features in development include supernatural skate film Boys In The Trees, currently in development with Mushroom Pictures. This script won the NewDraft Award at NewFest 2011 and received a rehearsed reading at the Lincoln Center in New York. It is also nominated for the Monte Miller Award at the Australian Writers Guild Awards 2012 (to be announced in late August) and recently went through Screen Australia’s Springboard programme and received funding to make the short prequel, The Last Time I Saw Richard.
Other features in development include iPocalypse and The Little Man, based on the infamous Jaidyn Leskie case.
Nicholas also works as an AV Designer for theatre, designing shows for Melbourne International Festival, St Martins Youth Theatre, Melbourne University, Malthouse Theatre and the National Institute of Circus Arts.
He is also a DJ under the pseudonym of DJ Versey Verse and has started one of Melbourne’s most popular Friday nights on Brunswick St.