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William Nicholson



A writer of distinctively British sensibilities who possesses the keen ability to portray sympathetic and eccentric characters in extraordinary situations, screenwriter/director William Nicholson directed numerous documentaries for the BBC before moving into feature film work. It was likely during this time that Nicholson developed and refined his noted humanistic approach and his affection towards stories dealing with humans' constant search for meaning in life and nature.

Finding success early on with Shadowlands (1985), the true-life tale of the moving relationship between English author C.S. Lewis and American poet Joy Gresham, Nicholson later brought the story to stage before reworking the film for director Richard Attenborough in 1993 (this time garnering an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay). Nicholson continued writing dramatic biographical screenplays, with subjects ranging from the consequences of abortion A Private Matter (1992) to the exploration of the quest for cultural identity Grey Owl (1999), while also exploring similarly themed issues in fictional form with his screenplays for Sweet As You Are (1987) and Nell (1994).

In 1997, Williamson stepped into the director's chair with the romantic period drama Firelight. A return to the relationship-themed territory of Shadowlands, Firelight was a melodramatic meditation on the themes of love and motherhood that involved the director more intimately with the characters he usually only wrote about. After Grey Owl, Nicholson once again exercised his pen, this time on a grand scale, with Ridley Scott's sword-and-sandal epic Gladiator. Though he had explored similar themes in his screenplay for First Night (1995), it was Gladiator that earned the writer his second Oscar nomination (along with screenplay collaborators John Logan and David Franzoni).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Breathe
  • Screenwriter
2017
73% Everest
  • Screenwriter
2015
51% Unbroken
  • Screenwriter
2014
No Score Yet Beyond
  • Executive Producer
2014
59% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  • Screenwriter
2013
69% Les Misérables
  • Screenwriter
2012
35% Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  • Screenwriter
2007
76% Gladiator
  • Screenwriter
2000
18% Grey Owl
  • Screenwriter
1999
46% Firelight
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet Crime of the Century
  • Screenwriter
1996
47% First Knight
  • Screenwriter
1995
53% Nell
  • Screenwriter
1994
96% Shadowlands
  • Screenwriter
1993
56% Sarafina!
  • Screenwriter
1992
No Score Yet A Private Matter
  • Screenwriter
1992
No Score Yet The March
  • Screenwriter
1990
No Score Yet The Race for the Double Helix
  • Screenwriter
1986

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