Press – Screenhub review of my AIDC DocWeek session on The Art of Perseverance in documentary film making

It’s my final year of my Masters in Screen Arts and Business from AFTRS (the Australian Film Television and Radio School), which of course means thesis. I am investigating The Art of Perseverance in Australian feature film making.

I formally launched the thesis as a panel session at the Australian International Documentary Conference in Adelaide. AIDC CEO Joost den Hartog is a fellow student and kindly gave me a slot, and organised for three phenomenally talented and persevering filmmakers (Gracie Otto, Marshall Curry and Jakeb Anvhu) to be interviewed by me.

Very grateful for this review of my session at AIDC DocWeek from Anne Richey, and thanks to Editor David Tiley for making it free to everyone, not just subscribers of ScreenHub

Having said that, if you are in the film industry and not using ScreenHub, you shouldn’t be in the industry. Subscribe here!

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AIDC 2014: The art of perseverance in documentary filmmaking 
By Anne Richey
Screen Hub Monday 10 March, 2014

Three makers, three different worlds. All driven by deep perseverance, and the clever use of available resources. Moderator and multimedia maker Nick Bolton has been patiently researching perseverance for his AFTRS Masters thesis in Screen Arts and Business.

Read the full article here

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Meet the Monster of Mornington

Got a role on a new Ch9 TV show Inside Story and a segment called Killing in the Family, which involves re-enactments of famous murders. My man John Sharpe spear-gunned his wife, buried her, chopped up his daughter and put her in the waste dump, then exhumed his wife and moved her to the waste dump as well. Nice chap!

Anyway learnt how to fire a spear gun – a skill I hope I never have to use.

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Read more about him here
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SPA Screen Forever

I recently attended the Screen Forever conference in Melbourne, organised by the newly named Screen Producers Australia (formerly SPAA)

Screen Forever

Screen Forever
Screen Forever represents the creative, hardworking professionals who make and deliver content for all screens and all kinds of audiences. The Conference is where you can explore the very best of Screen, gain insights, business opportunities, international partnerships and discover what’s on the horizon from leading media and entertainment executives. The Conference is a celebration of the Craft of screen production – for now and always.

Over four days, participants had access to keynotes, interviews, workshops, pitching session and the Awards night. I particularly enjoyed On the Couch sessions with Beau Willimon, the Executive Producer of House of Cards, a one one one with the new CEO of Screen Australia, Graeme Mason.

And it gave me plenty of networking opportunities for my thesis which starts very soon.

‘Life’ screens as a finalist at Lucky Film Festival

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A terrific night of 10 home grown Short Films, DJ, Pop Corn & Good Vibes all in the name of supporting The Arts.

As well as a great line up of films & tunes, there will be Lucky Dips, A Lucky Door Prize & some terrific products & services up for grabs with our Silent Auction.

Proceeds go towards supporting independent film makers, visual & performing artists through The Arts Platform Artist Residency Programme.

We look forward to you joining us

THIS Saturday night 12th October
At: Platform 2, Number 2 George Street, Leichhardt
Doors Open at 6PM
Films Screen at 7PM

Tickets are $15 at the Door or contact
to arrange your VIP entry on the night.

VIP package is $40: Which includes pre booked tickets emailed to you, VIP Lounge access, 2 free drink vouchers on arrival & a Lucky Film Festival Badge… Now we’re talking!

See you Saturday,

Judging NAFA ShowFest

Another fun evening at NAFA’s ShowFest The Randwick Ritz and a good array of films to test our judging capability. I went for Cockatoo as my favourite pipping Maiden as it just emotionally connected with me more than Maiden, but the two were both very very strong. The art direction in Maiden was simply outstanding, and I didn’t even know it was Russell Dykstra until half way through. Great performances from his wife and kids as well. Lie to Me was my third choice, and an exellent effort for a first time Writer and Director!

Always a good catch up as well. Steven Gregory from AT2 and Audition Magic was my judge in crime, and good to hang out with Alex Broun and John O’Hare in the bar afterwards. Plenty of British Lions banter with Alex, and the three of us were flabbergasted when a beautiful 18 year old actress came to talk to us and admitted she had never heard of The Smiths. I promptly begged her to go and check out ‘There is a light than never goes out‘.

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1st Maiden
2nd Happily Ever After
3rd Cockatoo

1st Maiden
2nd Cockatoo
3rd Lie To Me


Australia. Land of quattro – An interactive TV spot for Audi

Great work from the Holler team.

Australia. Land of quattro – An interactive TV spot for Audi from Mike Hill on Vimeo.

Australia. Land of quattro is no ordinary TV commercial.

We hacked quadcopters to track our car through Australia and create a multi-angle, multi-screen, interactive commercial – designed to be instantly and infinitely remixable from the comfort of your couch.

To achieve this we had to reinvent the way we shot a commercial. We used 'dynamic waypoint' hacked quadcopters (arduino) and 3DR telemetry tracking technology to match our Audi quattro turn for turn and capture each scene over and over again, so you can take the director's chair and create your very own commercial to share.

Try it now:

or watch the ad:


Director: Yanni Kronenberg
Agency: Holler Sydney
CEO: Mike Hill
Creative Director: James Theophane
Art Director: Ben Heath
Copywriter: John Gault
Agency Executive Producer: John Mclean
Agency Producer : Thomas Trentfield
Account Director: Laura Boyd
Planner: Damien Hughes
Senior Backend Developer: Ronnie Pyne
Senior Front End Web Dev: Scott Swabey
Frontend Developer: Mike Hazell
Designer: Antonny Sugianto
Designer: Thomas Fitzpatrick
Designer: Maria Santos
Designer: Damian Simpkins
Producer: Suzanne Mallos
DOP: Bob Humphreys
Production Company: Aloha Films
Post House: The Editors
Editor: Dave Whittaker
Sound Design: Klang
Music: Michael Dow

Our Mercy Campaign video for The Bali Nine gets launched – please watch AND sign the petition

Our three theatre productions of Bondi Dreamimg (, the fictitious interpretation of life on death row for The Bali Nine, led us to Bali and meet the guys in Kerobokan prison. We were deeply moved by this week we spent with them, and when asked by The Mercy Campaign to put together a promotional video we were ony too pleased to oblige.

Hopefully the video makes you evaluate the situation, and encourages you to sign the clemency petition to the Indonesion President.

The Mercy Campaign formed in Melbourne, Australia and are four lawyers and a journalist, who oppose the death penalty.
With the full support of the Chan and Sukumaran families who also appear in the film, The Mercy Campaign send a simple message to the Indonesian president: please spare the life of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
For more information and to sign the petition at
Cast (as themselves, in order of appearance):
Alison McGirr
Lincoln Younes
Marissa Wynne
Deborah Bradshaw
Lisa Gormley
Wayne Bradley
Renee Lindsay
Nick Bolton
Sam Atwell
Felix Gardiner (Thank you to Ian and Andrea Gardiner)
Greg Hatton
Kip Gamblin
Jasper Gardiner (Thank you to Ian and Andrea Gardiner)
Vanessa Buckley
Steve Fanale
Michael Chan (brother of Andrew Chan)
Brin Sukumaran (Sister of Myuran Sukumaran)
Christian Willis
Raji Sukumaran (Mother of Myuran Sukumaran)
Alix Kupicik
Kelly Gamblin (Thank you to Linda and Kip Gamblin)

Written by David Alexander, Adapted by Sam Atwell
Directed by Sam Atwell and Nick Bolton
Producer Nick Bolton (
DOP Rodrigo Vidal Dawson,
Wardrobe Dannielle Alexander
Editor Steve Fanale
Sound Design Steve Fanale

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LIFE by Jonathan Adams

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Life is my latest short film and is currently doing the film festival rounds and so is unable to be screened publicly.
Do contact me if you want a password to view a private online version

Life: One man’s epic struggle to have his toast just the way he likes it.

Written, and directed by Jonathan Adams
Produced by Nick Bolton
Featuring Nick Bolton as The Man
Shot, chopped and scored by Jonathan Adams
Production Designer Andrew Boland
Crew Craig Carleford and Nicole Volker
Thanks to Mr and Mrs Adams for letting us trash their kitchen
Executive Producers: Jonathan Adams and Nick Bolton

Judging the ATOM Awards, NAFA Showfest and MacCarthur Film Fest

Going to be watching a lot of content in August as I have been asked to judge three festivals.

Back in 2009, I was very proud to be part of the team that won an ATOM Award for our work on Rolf du Heer’s 12 Canoes cross platform companion piece website – the website
As I was living in Melbourne at the time, I was asked by the producers to pick up the award.

Atom Awards Winner for

Atom Awards Winner for

I’ve been judging the NAFA Showfest for about 5 years now and look forward to celebrating its 10th birthday at The Randwick Ritz on Wednesday 7th August.

MacCarthur Film Fest
Going to be heading out west to MacCarthur in November to support a small new festival. I’ll be running some talks as well on film production which should be fun