Magazine article Screen International

Nick Rowland, Stars of Tomorrow 2015

Magazine article Screen International

Nick Rowland, Stars of Tomorrow 2015

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WRITER-DIRECTOR: Nick Rowland has consistently impressed as a writer-director.

From his Bournemouth graduation film Dancing In The Ashes, which was nominated for several awards, to his three short films at the NFTS: the Sundance-nominated Out Of Sight, the Bafta and AFI Fest-nominated Slap and this year's Group B, his most dynamic piece of work to date, which was shortlisted for a student Oscar.

Film-making, though, is Rowland's second career; born in Stamford in the Midlands and still only 26, he used to be a professional rally driver.

Group B, which stars Richard Madden and Michael Smiley, is set in that world and feels as authentic as it gets; the stunt driving was done by British rally champion David Higgins.

Rowland competed as a rally driver across the UK and as far away as China, but post-2008 his sponsorship crumbled and he decided to look at another career. …

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