Nicholas Wrathall

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Nicholas Wrathall is an award-winning filmmaker known for Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia which opened to critical acclaim at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013

Nic began making Super 8 films while attending Sydney University and Nth Sydney Film & TV. He frequented the Sydney Film Festival from a young age and programmed the University Footbridge Cinema.

At 22 Nic moved to New York and started interning for documentary filmmaker Jayne Loader. Nic thrived in NYC working as an Assistant Director and then Producer for music videos, commercials, and independent films, including producing Madonna’s “Frozen,” which won the 1998 MTV Award for Best Music Video.

His first documentary Abandoned: The Betrayal of America’s Immigrants, featured on PBS Independent Lens and won the 2000 Alfred I. duPont Columbia Award for Broadcast Journalism.
Nicholas strives to use filmmaking as a tool to inspire people to question media representation and reignite the art of critical thinking.

Undermined – Tales From The Kimberley
Director / Producer / Writer – Undermined – Tales from the Kimberley. 2018
Director / Producer / Writer – Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia. 2013
Director / Co-Producer – Abandoned: The Betrayal of America’s Immigrants. 2001.
Director / Cameraman – The Gulag Lives On. 2003 Investigative report into human rights abuse of North Korean workers in the Russian Far East. APTN. Led to NY Times investigation.

Director / Producer – Flume: When Everything Was New 2018
Director / Producer – Sleepless: The Story of Future Classic 2018
Director / Producer – Sia: TV is My Parent. 2008

Exhibited and attended major festivals including Sheffield, IDFA, Hotdocs, Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, London, Human Rights Film Festival, Margaret Mead, Los Angeles, Sydney, & Melbourne. Alumni of the Film Independent Los Angeles Documentary and Producer Programs and has developed impact campaigns for his films.

Nic is currently shooting a new pop music and mental health documentary.
Nic is the recipient of an Alfred I. Dupont Columbia Award Winner for Broadcast Journalism; the United Nations Association Film Festival Grand Jury Award For Best Documentary; an Audience Special Recognition Award at Aspen Filmfest; Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. And runner-up, Audience Award Best Documentary Film at Traverse City Film Festival. Also won the Audience Award Antenna Film Festival Sydney and the Gold Promax Award for pioneering work on live webcasts for MTV Europe.

Nic’s work has been part of Official Selections at major global film festivals including Tribeca, Milan, Palm Springs, Melbourne, Vancouver, London, Zurich, Rio, Athens, Bergen, New Horizons, Outfest, Boston, Filmfest and American Cinematheque. He is equally recognized for his unprecedented access to cultural figures such as Gore Vidal and Sia as he is for patient, groundbreaking social studies that go behind the headlines.
Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia