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.
Biopic, feature length.
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.
A returning series for ITV Studios
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.
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.
A darkly comic coming-of-age tale about an experimental family unit ruled by a father with some disturbing secrets.