Nick John Whittle

Nick John Whittle

Director, Film/theatre Journalist, Producer, Screenwriter, Script Consultant, Script Supervisor and Filmmaker

Birmingham, United Kingdom

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About Nick

Award-winning screenwriter, independent film producer, director, and festival director based in Birmingham, UK; also comedy writer and published short story author in the UK and US and script writer for commercial storyboards for TV and Radio Advertising commissions. Born in Manchester in 1972 and attended The Glasgow Academy, afterwards Napier University and finally the University of Gloucestershire (1998-2000) receiving an honours degree in Education.

Cinematic influences span 30 years and feature among others: Beckett, Hitchcock, Allen and Bergman with particular interest in the art of dialogue. Strong adherent to a visual scripting process pre-production. Story-lines often see dark, absurdist and uncomfortable philosophical conflict serving as a fuel for humour or layered with angst-ridden existential metaphor.

Established TV, stage and radio comedy work features numerous skits, sketches and monologues, the speculative sitcom Up the Daisies (co-written with Roger Robinson) and irreverent comedy radio show Undertakers’ Question Time (currently in preproduction with pilot scheduled for podcast early 2017). Influences include The Goon Show, Fry and Laurie, Alan Bennett and the Monty Python team.

Credits

  • I Can Save Mummy

    I Can Save Mummy (2018)
    Film Writer

  • Starman

    Starman (2018)
    Film Writer

  • Don't follow the light

    Don't follow the light (2018)
    Film Producer

  • Among Us

    Among Us (2017)
    Film Writer

  • The Mad Jicks

    The Mad Jicks (2017)
    Film Writer

  • No Way Back

    No Way Back (2016)
    Film (Short and Horror) Writer Two hikers set out to find a missing person lost on the high summit of Witch's Pass in the Brecon Beacons. Not heeding warnings about the spirit of the mountain the two plunge unwittingly into its realm where familiar manifestations lure them with devastating consequences. Written by Nick John Whittle

  • Working Girl

    Working Girl (2016)
    Film (Short and Drama) Writer Bethany lives an unfortunate life. A prostitute and drug addict she follows exactly the same migration pattern as her mother. A slave to heroin and to her punters she is not alive, she merely exists for her next fix. We follow her melancholy decline to the last moment of her life. Working Girl is not just a short film about a young woman languishing in the gutter of life. It is a study of how truly easy it is to become trapped in a recurring nightmare of social disease. It is meant to inspire those who have themselves been or know of people caught in lethal ever decreasing circles. Written by Nick John Whittle

  • Bella

    Bella (2016)
    Film (Short, Comedy, Crime and Drama) Writer Actress Bella lives as a prisoner of her own inauthentic life. Feeling like a hopeless case she realizes only she can make the changes necessary. This in turn makes her feel even more desperate since she cannot see how her fortunes will change by themselves. Now having endured years of violence at the hands of her boorish husband Tony, a freak accident involving a knife sharpening rod allows Bella a shot at redemption. Working on the philosophy that the more good consequences an act produces, the more right that act, Bella's immediate course of action seems morally viable. However, with the arrival of her smitten admirer Lenny and his erring voice of reason her choices appear to better serve her own welfare rather than the greater good. In the end, with Lenny's natural guilt getting in the way of her ennoblement Bella's desperation leads to unexpected consequences.

  • Reflexions

    Reflexions (2016)
    Film (Short and Drama) Writer Reflexions is a short piece of experimental cinema giving a snapshot of six people's lives through what appears at first glance to be disjointed narrative. However, the structure is not as complex as it seems. As each person presents his or her secrets it soon becomes apparent that the characters are not disparate and have much in common, even relational. Throughout, only we are the inquisitor and as such privy to the interconnected stories of six broken individuals and one entity. The spirit of the film states that if opportunity or life's circumstances prevents us from taking one path or forces us to another, our choices in their millions of variations of Sonder end up defining ourselves to the judgement of others. Written by Nick John Whittle

  • Zip

    Zip (2016)
    Film (Short and Horror) Writer TARP-Horror! As a prequel to "No Way Back" we join 20-something Redd and his girlfriend Fiona at the summit of the Witch's Pass in the Brecon Beacons. Having set their tent it becomes apparent to Fiona that the couple is not alone on the mountain. Redd, however, ignores the warning signs and his awareness of impending danger arrives only when he hears the tent-flap being unzipped on their first night camping. By that point it's too late to do anything about it. His attempt at self-preservation is wasted as an unseen force quickly renders Redd to a heap of bone and sinew. Finally, as the heat drains from his lifeless corpse we discover that Fiona is not all she appears to be.

  • Countenance

    Countenance (2016)
    Film (Short and Drama) Writer In an ordinary world, where many are content to live lives according to fleeting ideals, we meet Zak and Mia, a typical couple of modern-day aesthetes. Concerned only with their own appearances and flourishing in a life of superficiality they visit an art gallery where Zak hopes to buy something worth having. After settling on one particular work of art labelled "priceless", Zak and Mia are joined by artist Vincent. After insisting the art is not for sale, yet not fully explaining why, Vincent convinces Zak to look for the creation's hidden code for by doing so, Zak may discover himself. After Vincent leaves the couple alone Zak does discover the true meaning of the work to his delight, the "gentleness, harmony and balance". Although Mia also cracks the code, she is met in contrast by darkness and imbalance, suffering deliberation of her own unhealthy soul. Written by Nick John Whittle

  • Faith

    Faith (2016)
    Film (Short and Drama) Writer Faith's journey to self-destruction is interrupted several times. Firstly by her well-meaning parents, then the instigator of her depressive state (her unfaithful husband) and finally her neighbour. It soon becomes apparent that as well as these physical hiatuses there are unseen, perhaps divine forces working hard to prevent Faith from killing herself. The film takes a sensitive yet frank look at the subject of mental well-being and suicide. It stands as a modest glimmer of hope in the darkness of depression and while the movie doesn't necessarily condone an act of suicide, it examines circumstances that might force any of us to consider the ultimate act of self-control.

  • Aftershow Triptych

    Aftershow Triptych (2016)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Writer A vignette inspired by Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes. After sitting through a particularly taxing allegorical adaptation of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are (Where the Wild Things Used To Be), Adam recounts with admiration the play's hidden depths to long-suffering girlfriend Lindy. After light-hearted stranger Jacob interrupts the conversation between Adam and Lindy, we see by contrast Adam's true ego is rather more depressed and disconsolate than at first glance. For intense and brooding playwright Adam, Jacob's aestheticism smacks of more sinister undertones. Written by Nick John Whittle

  • The Viewer

    The Viewer (2016)
    Film (Short and Thriller) Writer Father Clancy stands outside his small rural church; he offers his goodbyes to the deserting parishoners for one last time. A lone young woman stands red eyed away from the crowd and approaches the priest. Clara needs to talk, it is urgent. The priest agrees to visit later that day. Little did the priest realise that that last gesture of compassion would be met with a case of multi personality possession. Clara is convinced that her unborn child is the child of a devil and must be destroyed. She threatens the priest with a plot to murder both herself and the child. Unable to help, the priest finds himself in a position where he must turn to something he himself believes is the work of the devil. The Viewer (Lorcan Casey) a well-known psychic who lives alone in a remote part of the rural hamlet 'sees' the priest approaching. What happens next is a story of un-requited love, murder and possible tragedy. Will the priest Clancy and the psychic Lorcan Casey be able to work together to find... Written by Stuart Wheeldon & Nick John Whittle

  • The Wasteland

    The Wasteland
    Producer

Awards

  • Most Inspirational Film (LA Film Awards)
    (2016)

  • Contest Winner Short Story & Flash Fiction Soc. Anthology (2)
    (2016)

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