Thomas Martin

Writer for television and film
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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. 





Short film

Blinder Films for The Irish Film Board's Signatures scheme
Producer Ross Emery, James Vernon, Ashley McCleod
Director Kriv Stenders

Crime thriller

Home Grown Productions
Producer Alexandra Stone & Stephen Mallit
Director Lindy Heymann

Biopic, feature length.

Creative England

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 castinto doubt and his mental health spirals out of control. Recipient of the Sundance Institute's Alfred P. Sloan 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
  • Andrew Simpson
  • Derek Lint
  • Belinda Stewart-Wilson
    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
    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
  • Charlene McKenna
  • Barry Ward
    Original short film set at an Irish musical festival
    Network Ireland Television
    Madhouse Films




    A returning series for ITV Studios

    ITV Studios
    Producer Stephen Wright

    TV Series

    BBC Northern Ireland
    Girl on a Wire
    Selected for Series Mania 2017 (Paris)
    Producer Sara Murray

    TV series

    Studio Lambert & All3 Media
    Creator Richard Warlow
    Producer Simon Smallwood, Will Gould (Exec. producer)
    Director Kieron Hawkes
  • 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
    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
  • Charlene McKenna
  • Kryštof Hádek
  • Dominique McElligott
    Ecosse for RTE
    In development
    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