Nicholas began his career directing Super 8 music videos for musicians including Wendy Rule, Kerri Simpson, Beki & The Bullets and The Cat Empire.
In 2003, Nicholas wrote and directed his first feature film, MAX: A Cautionary Tale – a coming of age thriller inspired by The Breakfast Club and A Nightmare On Elm Street 2. It screened at festivals around Australia, USA (screening at Walt Disney World and winning Best New Director at the New York Independent Film & Video Festival) and Europe.
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 most recently, 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 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, The Time Of Our Lives, The Nowhere Boys, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (Season 2 & 3) and Glitch.
As a director, Nicholas has attended the Berlinale Talent Campus receiving mentoring from filmmakers such as Tilda Swinton, Janusz Kaminski and Willem Dafoe. He has also attended the 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.
He is currently in financing on supernatural skate film Boys In The Trees, with Mushroom Pictures. This 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. It is scheduled to go into production in September 2015.
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.