Sydney Homeless Connect

Each year my good friend Andrew Everingham runs the Sydney Homeless Connect event.

Sydney Homeless Connect connects services who can help with people looking for support and guidance. We connect donors who have something useful to give, with people who can benefit from access to high quality products; we connect the sick and vulnerable with medical and personal care they may not otherwise be able access. On the day itself, around 2000 guests and volunteers are connected with one another in an atmosphere of joy and mutual respect.

More information at Sydney Homeless Connect

We were only too happy to provide pro bono services and create a video for the day. We got to meet a few of the ambassadors, though Jude Bolton and I couldn’t trace any relation!

Written and directed by Nick Bolton ( and Jonathan Adams
Filmed, edited and graded by Jonathan Adams
Produced by Nick Bolton
Filmed on the Canon C300 at Sydney Town Hall
Thanks to Andrew Everingham and Capital-E

Nick Bolton and Jude Bolton fail to find a genetic connection.
Nick and Jude Bolton

The big man was a huge favourite and what a nice guy he was too.
2013-06-04 14.16.51


Interviewed on 2SER The Fourth Estate re YouTube Paid Subscription

The Fourth Estate explores the issues impacting on media and communications around Australia and the world. From moves to crack down on the freedom of journalists to report the news, to trends in the blogosphere and changes in the way societies communicate their ideas, The Fourth Estate provides fresh insights on our most maligned democratic institution.

I was interviewed by Charmaine Wong to discuss the new Paid YouTube Subscriptions that were recently introduced to the Australian market, along with Marcus Gillezeau at Firelight Productions.

The Fourth Estate broadcasts at 6.30pm every Monday on 2SER

the fourth estate

Speaking engagement at The Creative Forum at NIDA – Audience, Arts and Technology

A one hour Forum at NIDA, the National Institute of Dramatic Arts ( where the
panel discuss the new platforms enabling arts entities to communicate with their audiences and the effect that has on brand and marketing.

Nick Bolton – TEN ALPHAS
Tam Nguyen, Online Development Manager, NIDA
Julia Thomas Sydney Festival
Helen Varley Jamieson – Creative Catalyst
Dennis Del Favero :

Sunday 21st April 2013

Ben Quilty art exhibition promo video

Ben Quilty is one of Australia’s most talented and respected young artists of his generation. In 2011 Ben travelled to Afghanistan as the Australian War Memorial’s official war artist. This exhibition features new work made from this experience and the close relationship he formed with his subjects.

Having met Ben through our mutual desire to help The Bali Nine get off death row, I was only too happy to film the Launch of his new exhibiton.

Exhibition photo gallery

EXHIBITION: Ben Quilty After Afghanistan
National Art School Sydney until 13 April then touring nationally to 8 venues over 2 years.
21 February -13 April 2013

More information at and
Tour Dates
National Art School Darlinghurst NSW until 13 April 2013
Cairns Regional Gallery Cairns QLD 26 April 2013
Tweed River Art Gallery Murwillumbah NSW 23 June 2013
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Katoomba NSW 12 October 2013
Western Plains Cultural Centre Dubbo NSW 2 February 2014
Griffith University Art Gallery Brisbane QLD 12 April 2014
Flinders University City Gallery Adelaide SA 27 September 2014
Australian War Memorial Special Exhibitions Gallery Canberra ACT 12 December 2014

Ben Quilty: Oh my God Nick. You just made me cry. That is one powerful and beautiful piece of film making. I am speechless

Dear Nick, it’s very impressive. Thank you very much for making this video and for sharing it with us.
Katie Dyer, Curator and Gallery Manager, National Art School

Thanks for this – it’s amazing! So great that you could capture such a special night for us all – especially Ben!
Danielle Neely, National Art School.

Sophia Stacey Bought tears to my eyes. Beautiful work.
Deahne Bowhay Thank you x. Very moving…shot straight from the heart and what beautiful work Ben
Michael Daly Gee, that’s good. How eloquently both the fimmaker and John Oddie express themselves. Great show by the way. As we left, my 4 year old said “it’s very thick”. Took us a while to click that he was referring to the paint.
Graham Murgatroyd Wonderful short video, will see them over Easter.
Robert Rosenberg Awesome, really well painted, filmed, edited and spoken. Loved it.
Bill Woods Very moving
Michelle Henry Beautifully filmed and with very profound words. Can’t wait to see the work when they come to Brisbane next year.

Written, produced and directed by Nick Bolton (
Filmed, edited and graded by Jonathan Adams
Soundtrack credit via iStockPhoto ‘Piano Harp Violin Instrumental of Rain’ by Audio Outlet
Shot on location at the exhibition launch at the National Art School gallery, Paddington, Sydney NSW 2012
Wednesday 20th February 2012
Filmed on the Canon C300.
Thanks to Madeleine Hetherton, Rebecca Barry and Ester Harding at for the camera and support.

The Art of War Panel Discussion

Marketing and Social Media for Tarantula

Really enjoyed working on Tarantula, the new play from Alana Valentine, and produced and directed by Nastassja Djalog

It was the best reviewed shows I have ever been involved in and also garnered very generous repsonses from the audience.

I hope Tarantula gets picked up by on off the bigger theatre companies very soon.

‘Desire is a tarantula that bites, and not only the young. Desire is a venom that courses through the veins long past the days of its ability to be satisfied’- Lola Montez

Narcissistic, impervious to criticism, and a pathalogical liar. Scandalous, bigamous, and the ruination of royalty. Countess, dancer and actress. The most generous, most willful, and most self-obsessed woman of her generation was Lola Montez. ‘Tarantula’ picks up her story on July 8, 1856, when returning to San Francisco from an exhausting and scandal filled Australian tour, Lola’s lover, Noel Folland, disappeared from the deck of the Jane A Falkenburg and was never seen again, presumed drowned. Using the conceit of a play within a play, ‘Tarantula’ traces the story of Lola’s life to unlock the mystery of this tragic disappearance, by having a contemporary actress making a play about her hero Lola. Set alternatively in a rehearsal room where the play is being made, and in flashback to Lola’s world, the play is an hilarious and thought-provoking examination of the battle of the sexes – both from an historic and contemporary point of view. Erotic, passionate and very funny, this is a play which asks questions about just how much and in what way women’s power had changed in the intervening years between Lola and our contemporary heroine, Gina and provides the opportunity for a virtuoso performance both from the gently aging ‘Lola’ and her ardent young suitor. First presented as a staged reading as part of Griffin Theatre’s Searchlight program this Tredwood Production marks the play’s world premiere.

Tredwood Productions Artistic Director Nastassja Djalog joins considerable forces with award winning playwright Alana Valentine to direct her newest work, Tarantula.

Season Information
Preview: Tuesday 9th October
Opening: Wednesday 10th October
Season Dates: 10th October to 3rd November
Plays: Tues-Sat 7:30PM
Where: King Street Theatre 644 King Street Newtown
Duration: 90 mins (no interval)
Tickets: $32/$24 (Preview $24)
Bookings: or 0423 082 015

Cast: Zoe Carides and Michael Whalley

Cellist: Richard Mills

Writer: Alana Valentine
Director: Nastassja Djalog
Producer: Tredwood Productions
Set Design: Sarah-Jane McAllan
Lighting Design: Marcus Cook
Costume Design: Beth Allen
Dramaturg: Chris Ramos
Stage Manager & Operator: Ruth Horsfall
Choreographer: Julia Cotton
Composer: John Encarnacao
Photography: Patrick Boland
Artwork: Harvey House Productions
Marketing: Nick Bolton
Publicity: Merran Doyle

The Interview

The third theatre show of the year I have produced.
More information at

Dreamhouse Artists in association with the Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Company present

Written by Theodor Holman amd Theo Van Gogh (film direction)
Adapted and Directed by Sam Atwell

This November, the Tamarama Rock Surfers join forces with Dreamhouse Artists (Bondi Dreaming 2011) to present The Interview a sexy drama written by Theo Van Gogh, adapted and directed by Sam Atwell (Bondi Dreaming), starring Kip Gamblin (All Saints, Dance Academy) and Alison McGirr (Home & Away, Three Sisters) and produced by Nick Bolton (I want to sleep with Tom Stoppard).

Katya is a star. A B-list, tabloid on demand, celebrity screwing sensation and no-one can get enough. Over the course of one night we witness her encounter with Pierre Peters, burnt out political correspondent with dark desires and a thinking problem.

Forced together for an interview neither wants be a part of, before long they’re circling each other trading verbal body blows struggling for the upper hand. As they probe into each other’s lives trying to find holes in each others façade, it’s anyone’s guess who will tell the most lies and expose the biggest secrets. Just who’s playing who?

Set in a sumptuous beachside apartment, The Interview is an electrically charged, lightning paced battle of wits that explores the minefield that is fame, celebrity and the power that comes with it.


Season Information
Preview: Wednesday 31st October, Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd November 2012
Opening: Saturday 3rd November 2012
Season Dates: Saturday 3rd November – Friday 23rd November 2012
Plays: Tues-Sat 8:00PM
Where: The Bondi Pavilion Theatre, Bondi
Duration: 60 mins (no interval)
Tickets: $33/$25 (Preview $25) or Phone: 1300 241167

Katja: Ali McGirr
Pierre Peters: Kip Gamblin

Adapter / Director: Sam Atwell
Producer: Nick Bolton
Set design: Tom Bannerman
Sound design: Alon Ilsar
Lighting design: Nicholas Rayment
Stage Manager: Tim Burns
Asst Stage Manager : Madeleine White
Wardobe: Ali McGirr
Artwork Photography: Tarsha Hosking
Graphic Design: James Hodgson
Fight choreography: Scott Witt
Publicist: Kar Chalmers

Lavolta Digital Bullets – Apps

Apps have become an extraordinary area of innovation in the past few years, initially triggered by the capability of smart phones and more recently the tablet. There are literally hundreds of thousands of apps available for iOS and Android users in particular. The rise of the ‘app-economy’ has given huge power to gatekeepers like Apple that approve and distribute apps and then take a big cut of any revenue generated from them. Is this proliferation and excitement around apps just a brief fizz in a bottle or is it genuinely the beginnings of a trend that will turn the digital world in significant new directions? Where do you see apps going in the next few years? What are the significant trends to watch? Will so-called ‘web apps’ take over from ‘native apps’?
Big thanks to our guests on this bullet.

Tony Faure – Pollenizer, Dealised & Torque
Simon Goodrich – Portable & AIMIA
Steve Fanale – AppVillage
Mark Britt – Mi9
Paul Fisher – IAB
Fiona Bendall – Bendalls Group Digital Intelligence
Nick Bolton – Feverpitch
Peter Williams – Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
Tim Burrowes – Mumbrella, Encore, Focal Attractions
John Butterworth – AIMIA
Robert Wong – iNC Retail Digital Network
Hannah Schwartz – Ninefold
Ian Gardiner – Viocorp
Jennifer Wilson – Project Factory
Michelle Deaker – OneVentures
Oliver Weidlich – Mobile Experience
Jane Huxley – Industry Consultant

Watch the Digital Bullet here

Speaking: Australian Council for the Arts – Fast Moves on Fast Wires

Jennifer Wilson from The Project Factory and Claudia Sagripanti asked me to be a mentor at the Fast Moves on Fast wires all day conference they were asked to develop and facilitate by the Australia Council for the Arts.
Over 80 managers from australian Performing Arts companies attended what was a stimulating day bridging high quality broadband, new technologies and creative ideas to maintain and develop new audiences.

Performing Arts and the Impact of Fast Ubiquitous Broadband
19 October 2012
The Mint, Macquarie Street, Sydney

09.00 Registration

09.45 Welcome from the Chair
Jennifer Wilson, Director, The Project Factory

09.50 Welcome and Introductions
Tony Grybowski, Executive Director Arts Organisations, Australia Council for the Arts


10.00 Where is the world going? Life in a fast broadband world
We wonder when the future is going to get here, while often not noticing the major changes that have already happened. When you think that five years ago, MySpace was smaller than Facebook; and Twitter was pretty irrelevant – the pace of change is actually phenomenal.

Fast, ubiquitous broadband is seen as a massive enabler to connect people, share information and change business. It will have a profound impact on how we create, conceive and collaborate on artistic endeavours; on how we promote and market our events to reach audiences; and on how we operate as companies, our internal running even hiring.
In this session, digital visionary Austin Bryan will imagine a fast broadband world, see where this is going and posit some possible futures for us.

The session should be mind -xpanding is the best possible way, getting us think of a world without boundaries. How will we engage with performing arts? Will live remain important and how does this fit into our connected life?
Austin Bryan, Global Head of Digital Communities & Eco-Systems, SingTel Optus

10.20 Pockets of brilliance
William Gibson said in 1993 “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed”. In this session, we’ll hear about some ‘pockets of brilliance’ from our unevenly distributed future.

Even without ubiquitous fast broadband, performing arts groups are still using connected digital technology in unique and surprising ways. Pushing boundaries, reaching new audiences and learning new ways of collaborating and creating – not waiting for the future, but dreaming it and making it.

Louise O’Donnell will talk about the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, how this came together, what the intent was, what is achieved and what is delivered for the performing arts companies involved in the production.
Louise O’Donnell, Director, SeedProduction

10.40 Group Discussion:
Each table discusses the issues raised by the prior speakers. One person at the table will report back on the discussion to allow the thoughts and views of the participants to be captured. At each of the two group discussion sessions, different questions relating to the sessions will be posed.
• What do you think will be the biggest impact of fast ubiquitous broadband?
• Are there thinks you would like to be doing now in the connected digital world?
• What do you see as the main opportunities/threats from fast broadband?
(Feedback from each table will be taken)

11.00 Feedback presented

11.15 Life in the fast lane – how connection changes how we work
From an operational standpoint, getting connected can be straightforward or really complex. We can upload faster, but what does this offer us. What are the main issues in getting connected? What does ubiquitous fast broadband mean at the practical level? There are costs involved in this but the benefits are significantly greater.
This practical session looks at some of the nuts and bolts about getting connected.
Colin Griffith, Director, Australian Centre for Broadband Innovation (ACBI), CSIRO

11.35 BREAK

11.55 The changing consumer landscape
There have been reports from just about every consulting group on how digital is shaking up audiences and businesses alike.

It’s all very well to think about what the organisations are doing, but is the audience along for the ride? This session will look at the research to see if this can point the way to what is happening at a consumer level to prepare us for the new audience in the for the changing landscape ahead.
Megan Brownlow, Executive Director, Media & Entertainment, PwC Australia

12.15 New world, new business models, new forms of funding
From a marketing and business perspective, threats are often just opportunities in disguise. If we can find a way to leverage our fears, they can become our biggest strength. Right now, in this highly media saturated world, brands are struggling for connection; while content (including arts) is struggling for reach.

This panel session focusses on digital innovators to hear about some of the new ways of doing business in a fragmented world. Concentrating on new business models, new partnerships and new ways of collaborating, our panel will talk about branding funding, collaboration and what the performing arts can learn from advertising.
Moderator: Jennifer Wilson, Director, The Project Factory

Lisa Colley, Director, Creative Industries Innovation Centre
Greg Logan, ECD, Moon Communications and Executive Producer, Hatch Entertainment
Kieran Ots
Charles Clapshaw, President, TBWA\DIGITAL ARTS NETWORK

12.45 Group discussion
Questions relating to this session are:
• How do you think the changes in audience or expectations are relevant to you?
• What have been your experiences of trialling new business models?
• Are your sponsors either partners or just funders? How could this change?
• Would stronger brand funding compromise your artistic integrity? Why?
(Feedback from each table will be taken)

13.05 Feedback

13.20 LUNCH

Session 2: Mentor sessions

14.20 Round 1
These two sessions are designed to give you some in-depth learning with highly experienced mentors. The mentors will collect the questions and major issues of concern from the participants at their table and will answer both specific questions as well as talk to some of the more general issues.

There will be two sessions of 45 minutes each. Participants should book in with the mentor they are interested in meeting with. Acceptance will be on a ‘first come first served’ basis, with no more than eight people at each mentor session to ensure that highly focussed conversations can happen.

Topics and mentors:
1. Rights issues: Katherine Sainty
2. Video production: Nick Bolton
3. Video production/platforms: Rachel Dixon
4. Business models: Billy Tucker (TBC)
5. Business models: Jennifer Wilson
6. Brand partnerships: Chris Clapshaw
7. Strategy and operational issues: Lisa Colley
8. Strategy and operational issues Louise O’Donnell
9. Artistic Collaboration: Julian Knowles

15.05 Change tables for Round 2

15.50 BREAK

Session 3: Hypothetical

16.10 Performing Like It’s 2022… (A hypothetical view of the future)
Designed to be entertaining, uplifting, future visioning and positive: we imagine a life ten years on and try to create the impossible: an engaging live performance on stage in front of your very eyes.

It’s 2022. Fast broadband is ubiquitous. It connects our buildings, our open spaces and our wearable devices. We can engage with content anywhere – with every wall a potential screen. The urban landscape is performance art – and we’re all part of it.
What is the world like for performing arts and what role do the arts play generally?

This drama will be moderated and directed by Sandy George and will include :
• Megan Brownlow: where are the audiences and what are they doing?
• Austin Bryan (Colin Griffith): How did we get here?
• Rachel Healy: How does the urban landscapes fit into this?
• and what new awesome things are we engaging with?
• Greg Logan: where are brands in this – what role do they play?:
• Victoria Doidge: And what about performing arts – have they escaped?
• Billy Tucker (TBC): What new start-ups have been created and what do they offer?

17.10 Wrap for day
A brief summary of the top ten things of the day, some of the key learnings and take-aways.
A brief look at what might be next.

17.30 Finish

Guest lecturing at AFTRS – 3 hr online video masterclass

Nathan Anderson at Envelop Entertainment teaches the AFTRS Graduate Diploma in Screen Business course
The course takes you through the various disciplines required to become a successful media executive, screen producer, or business owner. You learn the basics of financial analysis and how to build a persuasive business case. You will critically evaluate your own managerial abilities, and learn effective methods for leading creative teams. On top of this, you will work on a business or creative project of your choosing, and develop it to the point of market readiness. Most importantly, you will be surrounded by a group of highly-motivated, talented peers who will work with you throughout the course, becoming part of your lifelong professional network.

Nathan asked me to run a 3 hour masterclass as part of a Guest lecturer weekend
Media Agency overview – Mat Baxter (Universal McCann)
Social Media workshop – Jess Miller (Goody Two Shoes)
Online video and distribution masterclass – Nick Bolton (Viocorp)
Overview of the media landscape and presentation of the 2012 media outlook – Megan Brownlow (PwC)

Saturday 6th October
1.15pm – 4.30pm
AFTRS, Entertainment Quarter, Fox Studios

Here are my slides – most of the screen grabs click through to video or websites

I started off asking everyone what their content consumption patterns were per month eg films bought in store, online, hours watched of tv free to air, subscription tv hours watched, music bought in store v online v subscription etc.
Not one person was buying film or music physically in retail stores, but everyone was buying or renting or subscribing online.
Interestingly, very little illegal piracy was occurring, and I believe everyone was telling the truth! As one attendee said, ‘its all to easy to buy legally now, and integrates into my media players.’

The other outcome I got out of researching this session was that the monetisation tools for content are really about to become ubiquitous. The Tip Jar from Vimeo to me is a real line in the sand – if the world’s second largest free online video platform provider (Vimeo) can integrate payment, surely YouTube will follow soon, and then there will be pay-per-view embed code sharing functionality enabling the producer to publish within their own website. It’s not the holy grail, there’s still a bit of work to do but it’s a step in the right direction.

I’d done 2 hour workshops before, but doing 3 hours was pretty tiring though I thoroughly enjoyed it. The group asked loads of great questions which required me to keep my concentration levels up, and I have a new found respect for teachers who have to do this all day every day.

Additional files:
AFTRS Bandwidth_Calculator_v2-1
Comscore Local and Global stats slides