Nick Holdsworth

Journalist, writer, author, filmmaker and film and TV industry expert – Central and Eastern Europe and Russia

Nick Holdsworth at deposed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych's Mezhyhirya estate near Kiev, Saturday February 22, 2014

Nick Holdsworth at deposed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych’s Mezhyhirya estate near Kiev, Saturday February 22, 2014

Nick Holdsworth, writer and journalist with 20 years’ experience of covering Russian and Eastern European affairs. He is the Eastern Europe bureau chief for The Hollywood Reporter, contributor to The Times, Christian Science Monitor and the Sunday Telegraph. He is a former Moscow correspondent for The Sunday Telegraph, the Times Higher Education Supplement and Variety. He has also written for most other British daily and Sunday newspapers, including the Independent, The Mail on Sunday and Sunday Express and a wide range of international outlets, from the weird – Fangoria to the wonderful – Archaeology and produced radio programmes for the BBC and television reports for WTN.

Recent ventures include a commission from the European Training Foundation, an EU body based in Turin, Italy, to travel to Amman, Jordan to research and write two documentary film scripts for Jordanian television.

As a film industry expert, he has hosted and moderated discussions on film and television at a range of international events, including the Cannes Film Festival (Russian Pavilion, 2012) television fair, DISCOP (Istanbul 2012), New Horizons Film Festival (Wroclaw 2012), the Berlin International Film Festival (Cinema Total at the Hungarian Cultural Institute, 2013 and 2014), Helsinki’s ‘Love & Anarchy’ Festival (2013) and the Trieste International Film Festival. He is due to moderate a series of industry panels at the Vilnius International Film Festival, Lithuania, March 2014.

His experience as a film festival juror is extensive – ranging from the Cottbus Festival of Eastern European Film back in 2000 to the Batumi International Film Festival, Georgia. He has also judged a competition of short films made in Poland to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the birth of the Solidarity movement in Gdansk.

He has also lent his film industry expertise to festival and professional event panels as far afield as Vladivostok, Vilnus, Berlin and Almaty.

He currently divides his time between Moscow and Bristol, UK. A fluent Russian speaker, he has also lived in Prague and London. He is author of: “Moscow The Beautiful and the Damned – Life in Russia in Transition”, published by Andre Deutsch, London, 2000 and co-author with Russian Army of Liberation veteran Sigismund Diczbalis of “The Russian Patriot: A Red Army Soldier’s Service for his Motherland and Against Bolshevism (The History Press, Stroud, 2008).

Nick has also written and directed five documentary short films for the European Training Foundation, Turin, a three-minute short on Siberia’s ‘Permafrost Kingdom’ – an ice museum that maintains a constant year-round temperature of minus 7 Celsius and is co-author of ‘Vlasov’ a screenplay telling the story of World War Two’s highest ranking traitor….


Nick Holdsworth reporting

Nick Holdsworth interviewing a Ukrainian self-defence volunteer, February 22 2014, the day President Viktor Yanukovych fled Kiev.