About

About Nick

Storyteller, movie nerd, political junkie, street photographer and proud halfie (Australian / Malaysian-Chinese).

After a childhood spent in South East Asia watching action movies, Nick returned to Australia to attend film school at the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts. With a Malaysian-Chinese background, Nick views the world through an international lens. Nick’s multicultural background has fostered a strong sense of social justice and a desire to use storytelling as a weapon of empathy and understanding.

In 2009, at the age of 19, Nick created the trailblazing 24-episode web series, OzGirl, which went on to win multiple awards around the world including a Streamy Award and an honourable mention at the Webby Awards. Since then, Nick has forged a career directing dramatic and documentary-style commercials and content for organisations including beyondblue and the Victorian Government.

Nick was awarded an Australian Directors’ Guild award for directing I Am Mehreen Faruqi, the story of Australia’s first female Muslim senator.

In 2018, Nick directed several main unit scenes and second unit on season 7 of the Foxtel / Fremantle Media drama, Wentworth, as part of his second Film Victoria-supported director’s attachment with Kevin Carlin. He is currently shadowing Storm Boy director Shawn Seet on the 4-part Matchbox Pictures / SBS thriller, Hungry Ghosts.

Nick has also carved out a niche directing ads for political parties. He worked on the 2016 federal election campaign and the 2017 WA state election for the Australian Labor Party. As of 2017, Nick has worked as Head of Video Production and Digital Communications Advisor to the leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Richard Di Natale.

Nick continues to work as a freelance director / producer, developing original projects and pursing his goal of directing television drama.

Awards & Honours

It's an incredible honour to have been recognised at these festivals and conferences.

2019 – Australian Directors’ Guild Awards – Winner – ‘I Am Mehreen Faruqi’ – Australian Greens
2017 – Australian Directors’ Guild Awards – Nominated for Best Music Video – ‘Wanting’ – Gordi
2016 – Australian Directors’ Guild Awards – Nominated for Best Commercial – ‘Preventing Youth Suicide’ – beyondblue
2016 – Byron Bay Film Festival – Official Selection (‘Next of Kin’)
2014 – Open Channel – Guest Lecturer
2011 – SPAA Conference – Guest Speaker
2011 – Screen Tasmania Digital Conference – Guest Speaker
2010 – Streamy Awards, LA – Winner – Best Foreign Series – ‘OzGirl’
2010 – Streamy Awards, LA – Nominated – Best Drama – ‘OzGirl’
2010 – 14th Webby Awards – Official Honoree – ‘OzGirl’
2010 – VCA Graduate Awards – Best Potential for Theatrical Distribution – ‘Transmission’
2010 – Friday on My Mind, AFTRS – Guest Speaker
2010 – Open Channel Frameline – Guest Speaker
2009 – SPAA Fringe – Guest speaker with Peter Broderick
2009 – International Television Festival, LA – Winner – Best Web Series – ‘OzGirl’
2009 – New York Television Festival – Special Screening – ‘OzGirl’
2007 – ATOM Awards – Nominated for Best Documentary
2005 – Screening – Fitzroy Shorts

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