"The course was great, Nick is fantastic, compassionate, funny and knows his stuff."
"All round excellent course. Thank you! Nick was absolutely brilliant and inspiring."
"I learnt more in 2 days with you than I did in my whole journalism degree when it came to documentaries. I was expecting to feel overwhelmed because anything tech is not my forte, but instead I left feeling inspired and excited at the idea of potentially being a self shooter some day."
"You did a really tremendous job of teaching the course….really calm, thoughtful and kind in the way you taught, as well as being able to explain things very clearly."
"I had absolutely no previous experience of film-making, directing or using filming equipment. Through Nick’s supportive teaching, I now feel confident using high level film cameras, lens and microphones and also how to compose a range of shots to make a professional looking film."
"A huge thanks for your patience, wisdom and generosity last week. I learned a lot from the course - or rather, from you - and am keen to keep moving forward."
"Nick was very knowledgeable, kind, organised, approachable and truthful. I wish the course was longer."
CORPORATES, UNIVERSITIES & CHARITIES
"Nick was great, really knowledgeable and very patiently answered all our questions, and we really appreciated all the effort he went to."
Heriot Watt University
"Many, many thanks again for creating this beautiful and moving film”
Oxford UniversityDept of Psychiatry
"The films are absolutely great-they really do capture some spark about SOFEA, and it is especially lovely to see the way the young people express their feelings about being there and working within it."
SOFEA Food Charity
"Your sessions are always fascinating and I can tell the students are fully engaged - as am I!!"
"Thank you SO much again for coming in and talking to the students. It was fascinating to hear about your work. The clips you showed and the ethical dilemmas you face have really stuck with me."
Oxford Brookes University
"The content was really valuable and will help us to deliver polished presentations and webinars which are increasingly important in the current environment."
Heriot Watt University
"The two films are fantastic – thank you so much. You’ve really captured the essence of SOFEA and got some great footage from the young people. Please pass on my thanks to the team, they were very professional and sensitive and the result is amazing."
SOFEA Food Charity
"As a television executive producer and mentor, Nick O’Dwyer is the best in the business. He is an exceptionally intelligent and encouraging exec, whose wise words and sage advice have helped many a fledgling director through their first shoots and edits."
Jeremy WilliamsCOURSE LEADER, MA DOCUMENTARY FILM, LONDON COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION
PRESS REVIEWS OF NICK'S FILMS
Ch 4 – THE STRANGEST VILLAGE IN BRITAIN
“Uplifting, humbling, thought-provoking but never merely strange…” Daily Telegraph
“This great little programme had me dangerously close to tears…” The Observer
“The film is in turns amusing, poignant and uplifting…” The Observer
“By turns funny, touching and profoundly humane…” The Times
“This is fascinating and inspiring…” Financial Times
“A wonderful, tender portrait…” Mirror TV guide
“Both inspiring and strange to watch” Daily Mail
“Compelling documentary…” Daily Telegraph
ITV1 – THE FATTEST MEN IN BRITAIN
“You never can tell. Salacious-sounding, The Fattest Men in Britain proved curiously charming and touchingly funny…” The Guardian
“Just as we were feeling guilty for being fascinated, the programme would hit us with some footage that we just couldn’t rip our eyes from….” Daily Express
“A touching and sensitive portrait by Nick O’Dwyer on a subject normally confined to the sideshows…………..” Sunday Express
“The sort of images David Attenborough would dedicate a five year trip to the Amazon to discover…” Daily Express
“Nick O’Dwyer’s droll film boasts some delectable comic moments…” Sunday Times
Ch 4 CUTTING EDGE – SHOT
“Stunning documentary which puts together a devastating portrait of the terrible but seductive power of guns…” Sun
“An intelligently conceived documentary… this is a powerful, intimate film…” Financial Times
“O’Dwyer’s bleak, stylish, dispassionate essay on man and the gun…” The Guardian
“Austere and graphic… an engrossing portrait of a weapon…” Evening Standard
“Nick O’Dwyer’s high calibre film…” Evening Standard
Ch4 – SECRET HISTORY – THE CHAIR
“What made the film so riveting was that it plaited together a spicy tale of commercial warfare, insights into social attitudes of a century ago and some jaw-dropping revelations…” The Times
“This horribly messy event is reconstructed without sensationalism in Nicholas O’Dwyer’s excellent film…” The Guardian
“Dinner part conversation it ain’t, but Nicholas O’Dwyer’s film makes electrifying viewing…” Daily Telegraph
“This was terrific television and another feather in the Secret History cap…” Evening Standard
BBC2 – MODERN TIMES – BYSTANDERS
“A catalogue of stories in which people told their tales simply and clearly, it was a brutally aggressive film, one of the most violent I have seen in a long time. But the real violence is in what you feel. And these stories: you felt them.” Daily Express
“Nicholas O’Dwyer’s haunting film shone its light on the ways in which an attacker’s punch leaves scars on people who were never his victims…” The Times
“Stories to make your blood boil and make you think in a powerful documentary…” Sunday Times
“One day, all documentaries will be made like this…” Time Out