Interview with "Gladiator" Screenwriter William Nicholson

by Jason Hellerman on December 1, 2014

ScreenCraft recently was the official sponsor of the 2014 London Screenwriters' Festival (did you see our banner in the corner?) where Academy Award-nominated screenwriter William Nicholson sat down to discuss the craft. The interview, taken from the Chris Jones' blog, covers a wide range of topics including pragmatic advice, inspirational quotes, and "telling it like it really is." Nicholson has had an interesting career spanning multiple mediums besides film including television, novels, stage plays, and a very active blogging persona.

Nicholson's film credits include: Sarafina, Nell, First Knight, Grey Owl , Gladiator (as co-writer, for which he received a second Oscar nomination),  Elizabeth: the Golden Age, Les Miserables, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Unbroken, and Everest. He has written and directed his own film, Firelight; and four stage plays: Map of the Heart, Katherine Howard, The Retreat from Moscow  (which ran for five months on Broadway and received three Tony Award nominations), and Crash.

The interview (video below) spans over an hour and Nicholson really digs into his personal drive, not only for success but also the satisfaction and freedom he finds in telling stories.

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