Nicholas Wrathall

Nicholas Wrathall is an award winning director and producer who has been working in the documentary and commercial fields for more than fifteen years. Nicholas spent his childhood in Sydney, Australia and Canada and went on to attend Sydney University where he made his first film.  At 22 he moved to New York where he began to make his way as an AD and then producer for music videos and commercials shot around the world, including Madonna's "Frozen," which won the 1998 MTV Award for Best Music Video. He has produced dozens of commercials for clients that include Sprint, Toyota, Fanta, and Sony Bravia.  Eventually Nicholas started traveling to Los Angeles for work. He was first recognized for his direction of the documentary Abandoned: The Betrayal of America's Immigrants, which was featured on PBS Independent Lens and won the 2000 Alfred I. Dupont Columbia Award for Broadcast Journalism.  In addition to his feature work, Nicholas directs and produces short documentaries on a variety of social issues all over the world. Recent work includes Endless CaravanHaitian Eksperyans and The Modern Gulag, which was picked-up by the New York Times as the basis for a feature on North Korean gulags operating in Far East Russia. Currently, Nicholas is based in Los Angeles and is in the final stages of production on Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia, an independent documentary he is directing and producing. Nicholas was fortunate to interview Gore many times over the last years of his life, having sparked an idea for the documentary after the release of several of Gore's political pamphlets post-911. Nicholas went on to travel with Gore to Italy, Cuba and many U.S. Cities, gaining further access to Gore's insight on the current state of affairs in this country. Nicholas has always been interested in social and political films. His hope is that his own films will inspire people to question what they read in the mainstream media and reignite the art of critical thinking.