Thomas Martin

Writer for television and film
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Thomas Martin is a writer for television and film. He has written on Ripper Street and is currently developing an original project with Touchpaper and BBC Northern Ireland called Somerville. Thomas's script Absence Sonata was the recipient of the Sundance Alfred Sloane grant which funds collaborations between filmmakers and the scientific community.

His first short, Danger High Voltage, played at film festivals across the world, winning Best First Short at the Galway Film Fleadh and scooping a nomination for the UK Film Council Film of the Festival at the London Short Film Festival. His second short film script, Falling Man, was short-listed for an RTE / Filmbase Short Film Award. 

Thomas went on to create the RTE internet and television drama Jenny Was a Friend of Mine, which was produced as part of RTE's Storyland scheme.

Thomas has written on Raw: Series 4 for RTE and Ecosse. He has also developed two original series; Don't Pass Go for BBC Drama and Stockholm for ITV Studios. In addition to this he has a feature film commission from Rainmark/Irish Film Board titled Absence Sonata.

Thomas's short film All That Way For Love premiered at LA Shorts Fest and subsequently at Rhode Island Film Festival, where lead actor Andrew Simpson picked up an award for Best Male Actor.Thomas was subsequently commissioned to write a feature script for All That Way For Love director Henry Mason entitled Amaranthus which is now in development.

Thomas is also an author of short stories and has been nominated for three Hennessy/Four Seasons New Irish Writing Awards. He is based in Dublin.





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
  • 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



    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