Nick grew up in South East Asia as part of a multicultural family. With a Malaysian-Chinese mother and an Australian father, Nick views the world through an international lens. Part of the new generation of digitally savvy filmmakers; Nick directs, produces and edits (and sometimes even shoots). Following a childhood spent recreating action movies in his bedroom, Nick graduated from the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. In 2016 he was nominated for an Australian Directors' Guild award for directing a youth suicide prevention campaign for beyondblue. Nick was nominated by the ADG again in 2017 for directing the music video Wanting for indie-folk singer Gordi. His short documentary about a WWII airforce navigator, The Navigator, was distributed by Australia’s national broadcaster, the ABC as well as Fairfax Media via The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. In 2015, Film Victoria awarded Nick a funded director’s attachment on the Foxtel and Fremantle Media television drama Wentworth.
Nick has directed commercials and branded content for major brands including Hyundai, Epworth Hospital, Red Cross Blood Service, Holden, Monash University, Lend Lease, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and Ford. He has directed high-profile talent including Labor leader Bill Shorten and NASA astronaut Chris Hadfield.
Nicholas created one of Australia’s first scripted drama web series, the 23-episode / 105-minute scripted drama, OzGirl. His work was recognised at worldwide festivals including the New York Television Festival, Streamy Awards, International Television Festival Los Angeles and the Webby Awards. The series went viral, achieving millions of hits and he has spoken and lectured to industry bodies SPAA, Open Channel and AFTRS about cutting-edge filmmaking and distribution.
He is currently based in Melbourne, Australia.
Awards and honours
2017 - Nominated Australian Director's Guild award for Music Videos - ‘Wanting’ - Gordi
2016 - Nominated - Australian Director's Guild award for Commercials - 'Preventing Youth Suicide' - beyondblue
2014 - Guest lecturer at Open Channel
2011 - Guest speaker at the SPAA Conference
2011 - Guest speaker at Screen Tasmania Digital Conference
2010 - Winner – Best Foreign Series – 2nd Streamy Awards, Los Angeles
2010 - Nominated – Best Drama – 2nd Streamy Awards, Los Angeles
2010 - Official Honoree – 14th Webby Awards
2010 - VCA Graduate Awards – Best Potential for Theatrical Distribution
2010 - Guest speaker at Friday on My Mind, AFTRS
2010 - Guest speaker at Open Channel Frameline
2009 - Guest speaker with Peter Broderick – SPAA Fringe
2009 - Winner – Best Web Series - International Television Festival, Los Angeles
2009 - Special Screening – New York Television Festival
2007 - ATOM Awards - Nominated for Best Documentary
2005 - Screening – Fitzroy Shorts