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LFF Connects: William Nicholson

Celebrated screenwriter (Shadowlands, Gladiator, Les Misérables), playwright, novelist and filmmaker William Nicholson joins us to discuss his career and the making of Hope Gap, his second feature film as writer and director.

Celebrated screenwriter, playwright, novelist and filmmaker William Nicholson joins us to discuss his career journey from working for the BBC as a director of documentary films to the making of Hope Gap, his second feature film as writer and director. Having directed numerous television documentaries from the mid-1970s to mid-1980s, Nicholson went on to write the plays Shadowlands and Life Story, both of which won the BAFTA Best Television Drama award, as well as award-winners Sweet As You Are and The March. In 1988 he received the Royal Television Society’s Writer’s Award. His first stage play, an adaptation of Shadowlands, was Evening Standard Best Play of 1990, and went on to a Tony Award-winning run on Broadway. In 1993 he was nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay of the film version, which was directed by Richard Attenborough and starred Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger. His second Oscar nomination came for his co-writing work on the Russell Crow blockbuster Gladiator in 2001. Since then, his screenwriting credits include: Elizabeth: the Golden Age, Les Misérables, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Breathe and Everest. In between working as a screenwriter and novelist, Nicholson wrote and directed his first feature film Firelight (1997). Hope Gap premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.

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Tickets £18 on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.

This talk will be hosted by Kevin Loader, Producer.

See our screenings of Hope Gap.


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