EDGE Lecture: William Nicholson

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Join Academy-Award nominated screenwriter and novelist William Nicholson for an inspirational talk and Q&A on his significant career within the film industry. Nicholson will provide an insight into how his practice has developed, from his time at the BBC as a documentary filmmaker, through to writing fiction and dramas for the screen – including Shadowlands, Gladiator, Breathe and Hope Gap, which will be released in the UK this June. 

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.


William Nicholson was born in 1948, and grew up in Sussex and Gloucestershire. He was educated at Downside School and Christ’s College, Cambridge, and then joined BBC Television, where he worked as a documentary film maker. There his ambition to write, directed first into novels, was channeled into television drama. His plays for television include Shadowlands and Life Story, both of which won the BAFTA Best Television Drama award in their year; other award-winners were Sweet As You Are and The March. In 1988 he received the Royal Television Society’s Writer’s Award. His first play, an adaptation of Shadowlands for the stage, was Evening Standard Best Play of 1990, and went on to a Tony Award winning run on Broadway. 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.

EDGE Lectures 2020

The EDGE lectures are a new series of inspirational talks taking place throughout 2020 at Towner and the De La Warr Pavilion. These unique events give Sussex creatives the opportunity to hear and question leaders from across the creative sector. This programme forms part of South East Creatives, the exciting new £5.1m grants and support programme funded by the European Regional Development Fund that aims to give creatives from the cultural and digital sector the inspiration and boost they need to grow and thrive.

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