In 2016, Nicholas’ debut feature film, Boys In The Trees, made its world premiere at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival before screening at festivals around the world including Toronto, Busan, Sitges and winning Best Feature at the Austin Film Festival. The script won the NewDraft Award at NewFest 2011, received a rehearsed reading at the Lincoln Center in New York and was also nominated for the Monte Miller AWGIE Award.
His short film work includes Hugo (winner of the Grand Prize for Fantasy at the Rhode Island International Film Festival), three Apocalypse Bear webisodes (funded by the City of Melbourne), Flight (a Tropfest finalist) and The Last Time I Saw Richard (funded through Screen Australia’s Springboard programme and winner of several awards including Best Short Film at the 2014 AACTA Awards and Best Emerging Filmmaker at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival).
His television work includes directing the Emmy award-winning Nowhere Boys for Matchbox Pictures and ABC/NBCUniversal, Grace Beside Me for Magpie Pictures and NITV/ABC, 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 directing multiplatform content for Conspiracy 365, Dangerous Remedy, Time Of Our Lives, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (Season 2 & 3), Molly and Glitch.
As a director, Nicholas has attended the Berlinale Talent Campus, Binger FilmLab Directors Coaching Programme (Amsterdam), trained with Song Of The Goat theatre company (Poland), won the 2013 Inscription LA Residency and was awarded an Asialink Arts Fellowship to Beijing in 2015. In 2017, he became a Churchill Fellow to study show running practices in the USA and UK.
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.
As one half of installation art duo, MerryVerso, Nicholas has also designed artworks with Hermione Merry for the Yarra Ranges Council and worked with boys on remand at the Melbourne Juvenile Justice Centre to create Nocturne: Forgotten, a multiform work incorporating an 18 speaker sound wall, video projections and experiential installation where audiences are invited to step inside the emotional landscape of these boys and their forgotten voices.
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.