Writer/Director/Producer based in London, UK, I run my own small company Break Into Three with my daughter, Shiona Penrake. Our latest short film, Look Inside, was written, directed and edited by Shiona and, at the time of updating this profile, (June 27th) this film is in the Finalists group for Stage 32's Annual Short Film Contest.
Over the years I have written, produced and directed several short films, including one documentary, most of which have found distribution, plus a clutch of ads. Currently I am developing a handful of feature film projects with Cubic 7 in the UK.
Early in 2020, I teamed up with Sunday Tiimes best-selling author Clifford Thurlow, to adapt his awesome, based-on a-true-story book, Operation Jihadi Bride. We are now looking for an experienced producer to come on board to develop the project, with a budget estimated at $5-7 m.
Currently I am rep'd in LA by Lanette Mastandrea at CSP Management/Citizen Skull .
As well as my own projects i'm happy to help as writer, director, producer, production manager, 1st AD or any combination of the above, so don't hesitate to reach out if you're looking for a dedicated collaborator on your next project.
I'm also a highly experienced conceptual copywriter and run two podcasts: One Good Take and A Trader's Life:
Unique traits: Entrepreneurial
WHEN YOU'RE NOT THERE Thriller A New York film director’s fascination with watching life through domestic surveillance equipment finally catches up with him when he discovers the young Russian he’s taken in as a lodger is fleeing from a date rape gang operating on the net.
The Business Proposition
Film (short) by Breaki Into Three/Nic Penrake Writer/Director A short film exploring the 'county lines' phenomenon. Ben (Jay Penrake) finds himself cornered in a school toilet by Josh (Dami Adeye) who is deadset on recruiting him to his team of kids selling drugs in houses beyond county lines. So, what will Ben do now?
Film (short) by Shiona Penrake (Drama) Producer, Director, Writer An injured dancer, now working part time as a sex worker, befriends her lonely 13-year-old neighbour, Jack, and finally finds someone who sees her for more than her body is worth.
Road to Recovery
Film (short) by Nic Penrake (Documentary) Producer, Director, Writer An in-depth look at what is being done and what is yet to be done to help victims of sexual and domestic slavery make the transition back to some kind of civilized normality.
Brian & the Grim Reaper
Film (short) by Eben Skilleter (Fantasy) Editor A young man with a year to live must literally live with Death, only to find that he's the housemate from hell.
Film (short) by Nichola Wong (Drama) Producer Set against a technological backdrop, in a time where people engage more with technology rather than with one another, an alienated and disconnected woman seeks the help of a professional to reconnect through 'touch'.
Film (short) by Shiona Penrake (Drama and Family) Producer, Writer A young boy's discovery of a paintbrush in his back garden inspires him to come up with a smart idea for getting back in touch with his absent dad and transforming his black and white life.
Film (short) by Nic Penrake (Drama and Mystery) Producer, Director, Actor, Miscellaneous Crew An old woman feels threatened by a stranger trying to get into the house - but nothing is quite what it seems.
Film (short) by Nic Penrake (Drama) Producer, Director, Writer, Editor, Miscellaneous Crew A truanting sixteen-year-old girl is turning tricks to make money for a trip abroad and her mum's much-needed private medical treatment. On this day her secret blows up in a most shocking fashion.
Film (short) by Nic Penrake (Crime, Drama and Horror) Producer, Director, Writer A traumatized young girl makes the chilling discovery that her missing brother has been buried in a shallow grave at the bottom of her garden. And yet he seems to be still alive.
What Goes Around
Film (short) by Nic Penrake (Drama) Producer, Director Youths, Tashan and Cola, follow drug dealer Vince into the tower block where Cola lives with his mum. Tashan suspects Vince is selling drugs to his cousin Clarice in return for sexual favors - and that's about the truth of the matter. When Vince exits Clarice's flat, Tashan confronts him in the corridor. They face off. When Vince pulls something from out of his jacket pocket, Tashan misreads the action - or does he? - and stabs Vince in the guts. This act of violence then sets off a chain of events which brings the violence back to the original perpetrator. So ends the circle: what goes around comes around. Written by Anonymous
Film (short) by Nic Penrake (Comedy) Producer, Director, Writer A nanny who likes to make the baby cry is not quite what she seems.
Film (short) by Nic Penrake (Thriller) Producer, Director, Writer An advertising creative sets out on a journey to test out a new mini DV camera which mysteriously switches itself on and starts playing a scary version of his future. He has 3-4 minutes in which to avert a sticky fate.
The Rubbish in Your Head
Film (short) by Nic Penrake (Horror) Producer, Director, Writer, Actor Arriving home, Ken pulls out a tooth eating a chocolate toffee bar. Minutes after discarding the tooth, he finds his evil clone growing in his rubbish bin.
Film (short) by Nic Penrake (Horror) Producer, Director, Writer, Actor A cannibal serial gets his comeuppance for having taken a trophy from his latest female victim.
How To Make A Great Short Film
Author ‘How To Make A Great Short Film’ will help you: • Craft your ideas so they work to the format of a short screenplay • Spot common mistakes and weaknesses in your screenplay • Run a better crowdfunding campaign than before • Think smart as you go into pre-production, production and post-production and... • Make a better film than you ever thought possible
Award of Merit Special Mention: The Stray
Hermes Creative Awards Platinum for best charity ad (film)