Thomas Martin

Writer for television and film
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Biography

Thomas Martin is based in Dublin and is a writer for television and film.

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 2009. His second short film script, Falling Man, was short-listed for an RTE / Filmbase Short Film Award in 2008. 

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.

In 2011, Thomas wrote on Raw: Series 4 for RTE and Ecosse. He is also currently developing 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.

In 2012 his 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.

In 2013 Thomas wrote on Ripper Street and  is currently developing an original project with Touchpaper and BBC Northern Ireland called Somerville.

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

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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
  •  
    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