Thomas Martin

Writer for television and film
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Biography

Thomas Martin is a writer for television and film.  He has had a number of original script commissions from the BBC, has developed projects with ITV Studios and Touchpaper TV, as well as writing for television dramas on RTE and the BBC — including Raw and the BBC’s period crime thriller Ripper Street.

Thomas was the recipient of The Sundance Institute’s prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant: a $25,000 award for his feature film screenplay The Absence Sonata.  He also won a place on the Guiding Lights Program —the British film industry’s leading mentorship scheme— and is being mentored by Oscar nominated screenwriter and director Hossein Amini.  Thomas’ film work has also been supported by The Irish Film Board.

In 2014, Thomas was writer-in-residence at The Irish Cultural Centre in Paris and was also selected to participate in Film Independent’s Sloan Film Summit in Los Angeles.

His Malawi-set short film All That Way For Love was named by CBS as one of the top five films to see at the Tribeca Film Festival and the same team have recently completed his feature —Night of the Lotus— filmed on location in London and East Africa (starring Adelaide Clemens, Oliver Chris, Kim Bodnia and Saffron Burrows).

Thomas spent much of last year in Australia writing a feature film set in the world of abalone poaching in Tasmania, which Kriv Stenders is attached to direct.

Thomas is currently working on an original drama commission for BBC Northern Ireland and a biopic of a prominent figure in the British music industry for Creative England. 


CV

Film

Writer

 

Original film in development with Rainmark Films. Exploring the grey area between illness and genius, The Absence Sonata is a psychological thriller about a gifted musician who displays symptoms of epilepsy and synesthesia . Treated with groundbreaking techniques by a maverick neurologist, the symptoms subside but not without a price as his genius is cast into doubt and his mental health spirals out of control. Recipient of the Sundance Alfred Sloane grant which funds collaborations between filmmakers and the scientific community.

Rainmark Films and Irish Film Board
In development
 
 
An adaptation of Paul Murray's comic novel.
Subotica and Irish Film Board
 
Producer Olly Royds
 
Stroppy Boy
In development
 
Producer Oliver Royds, Henry R Swindel, Giles Skillicorn
Starring
  • Andrew Simpson
  • Derek Lint
  • Belinda Stewart-Wilson
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    Original short film script set in Africa
    Stroppy Boy
     
     
    Commissioned to write an hour of drama for a hybrid feature documentary about the legendary TT racer Mike Hailwood
    CinemaNX
    In development
     
    Falling Man
    Screenplay nominated for an RTE/Filmbase short film award
     
    Original short film script. Blackly comic look at the unravelling of an art critic and writer who unwittingly offends the father of his sons' friend.

     
    Danger High Voltage
    Winner of Best First Short Film Galway Film Fleadh 2008
    Producer Morgan Baker & Luke McManus
    Director Luke McManus
    Starring
  • Charlene McKenna
  • Barry Ward
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    Original short film set at an Irish musical festival
    Network Ireland Television
    Madhouse Films
     

    TV

    Writer

    Creator Richard Warlow
    Producer Simon Smallwood, Will Gould (Exec. producer)
    Director Kieron Hawkes
    Starring
  • Matthew Macfadyen
  • Jerome Flynn
  • Adam Rothenberg
  • Myanna Buring
  •  

    Investigations into the brutal murder of a telegraph boy reveal a vice racket run from the offices of the GPO. The case leads Reid to the heart of the one of the city's most august financial institutions.

    Tiger Aspect for BBC1
     
    Somerville
    6 x 60'
    Producer Clare Alan, Rob Pursey, Stephen Wright (Exec. producer) Sarah Stack (Exec. producer)
     

    A drama series about a young man forced to turn his back on a successful life in London in order to reconnect with his family and rescue the country house-hotel where he grew up.

    Touchpaper Television for BBC NI
     
     
    Original drama about a high flying businessman jailed following the financial crisis
    BBC for BBC
    In development
     
     

    A darkly comic coming-of-age tale about an experimental family unit ruled by a father with some disturbing secrets.

    ITV Studios
    In development
     
    Creator Lisa McGhee
    Starring
  • Charlene McKenna
  • Kryštof Hádek
  • Dominique McElligott
  •  
    Ecosse for RTE
    In development
     
    Motherland
    6 x 45'
     
    Original television commission from Rainmark Films
    Rainmark Films
    In development
     
    Producer Paul Duane & Rob Crawley
    Director Rob Crawley & Steve Bryrne
     
    Orginal teen internet drama for RTE
    Screenworks for RTE