WISBECH-born film maker Nick Whitfield has been nominated for a Bafta - the British equivalent of an Oscar for his first ever feature film.
The 43-year-old, who started his showbiz career working at the Angles Theatre in Wisbech, is up for the award for ‘Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer’ for his surreal comedy ‘Skeletons’.
Nick, who was educated at Ramnoth Road Junior, the Queen’s and Wisbech Grammar schools, now lives in Matlock with his wife Elizabeth and their two children: Josef (10) and Charlotte (6).
But he regularly returns to his home town to visit his mum Dorcas and various friends, and is still an avid Wisbech Town football club fan following the team’s results every week.
Sadly his dad Wally, who was well-known in the area as a local musician and school teacher, died three years ago.
Nick was stunned to learn from his producer that the film he wrote and directed had been nominated for one of the film industry’s most prestigious awards.
“I completely forgot that the Bafta nominations were being announced, and I got a call on the day from my producer to say we had been nominated - I was obviously delighted - but also shocked,” said Nick.
‘Skeletons’ is a bit of a family affair, his older brother Simon, who now lives in Taiwan wrote the music for it and Nick’s children both have roles in it.
He is looking forward to the glitzy awards night on February 13, when he will learn whether his film has beaten the other four nominations to scoop the Bafta.
“I’m not really worried about winning, being nominated is great and I’m looking forward to enjoying the awards ceremony and mixing with all those glamorous people, who will be there,” said Nick, who only got involved with film making in his thirties, having worked as professional actor and in the theatre since getting the acting bug in his late teens.
The opposition consists of a film about Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar - who wrote ‘Rita, Sue and Bob too’ and her daughter Lorraine.
A documentary about street art and French film maker Thierry Guetta.
A satirical comedy called ‘Four Lions’ about an inept group of Jihadist terrorists and sci-fi road movie ‘Monsters’ where a journalist has to escort his boss’ daughter through a quarantined area of Mexico.
Nick’s film, Skeletons - which was based on his earlier short film of the same name - is about a mismatched pair of salesmen, who offer the unusual service of exposing hidden secrets and removing skeletons from closets.
“I have only seen one of the other films - ‘Four Lions’ which I thought was absolutely brilliant, I would never claim mine was better but it is not like for like,” concluded Nick, who has a number of new projects in the pipeline.