- Posted by Claire Thomas
- On 20th October 2016
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We are delighted to welcome screenwriter Nicholas Martin at the Flix in the Stix screening of Florence Foster Jenkins on Sunday 13th November.
Nicholas Martin was born and grew up in Sussex. After leaving school with no qualifications he moved to London and worked, amongst other things, as a croupier, bouncer, labourer and barman before setting off to travel the world as a deck hand.
Nicholas began writing feature pieces about his travels and contributing to British newspapers including The Sunday Times, The Guardian and various magazines. In 1988, he reported from Chile on the final days of the Pinochet regime and once escaped arrest by producing a letter of introduction from the features editor of Vogue, a magazine favoured by the wife of the dictator.
In 1989, Martin returned to London to study scriptwriting and soon began writing for British TV. His TV credits include Between the Lines, which won the BAFTA award for best series, 16 episodes of the ITV comedy drama series, Big Bad World and regular contributions to popular series like The Bill and Midsomer Murders. In early 2014, producer Michael Kuhn read Martin’s script Florence Foster Jenkins and optioned it the same day. Within a week, Stephen Frears had agreed to direct and within three weeks Meryl Streep signed on to play Florence and, as they say, the rest is history.
Nicholas will be taking part in a special Q&A session after the screening of his film at Lingfield Film Club in November. A rare opportunity for the audience to hear first hand how scripts are developed from pen to the big screen and gain a little understanding of what working on set with the great Meryl Streep and the English dandy – Hugh Grant is like.
Tickets £5 each (unreserved). Refreshments and home-made cakes from 3.00pm