While my battle for Google domination of “Nick Mitchell” takes up most of my waking hours, the little time I have left is mostly spent in my day job at JPIMedia.
I am also an aspiring screenwriter, and since taking a course at Screen Academy Scotland in 2016 I have completed a number of scripts for short films and TV pilots. I like to write darkly comic or slightly surreal drama, but I’ve also turned my hand to more conventional comedies, dystopian sci-fi and a historical drama set in 17th century Scotland.
Some recent work:
Armando Iannucci on Brexit, Trump and The Death of Stalin: a lengthy but (hopefully) insightful interview with the Scottish satirist on his new film – and Alan Partridge
“I don’t really like to rile people”: I spoke to The Mash Report’s Rachel Parris on going viral, Piers Morgan and Jacob Rees-Mogg
“We wanted to make something about ‘normal’ teenagers”: an interview with The Inbetweeners creator Iain Morris on the 10th anniversary of the sitcom
The refugees who did much more than survive: I spoke to three people who have transformed their lives since they arrived in the UK, through art and culture
Big game spotting on safari in Kenya: travel feature for The Scotsman on the wonderful wildlife of the savannah, with some of my own photos
Sherilyn Fenn talks Twin Peaks: ‘Audrey is strong, even if she is kinda broken’
What’s going on with Britain’s nightlife? An in-depth look at the underlying causes behind the decline in the UK club scene, according to leading promoters, venue owners and DJs
The Big Lebowski at 20: a geeky look at the small moments of genius that made it a cult classic
‘He’s a bionic Bergerac’: Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby talk Mindhorn
An interview with Jon Ronson about his book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed
Why the R.D. Laing I got to know was ‘heroic’ – a conversation with ‘Mad to Be Normal’ director Robert Mullan
Inside No. 9 is a cure for box set fatigue: Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith talk about why their anthology series goes against the grain
How Brian Eno showed the potential of ambient music – a retrospective look at the Professor of Rock’s remarkable influence on a misunderstood genre
How to play five-a-side football – an expert’s guide (clue: I’m not the expert)
How podcasters are renewing the oral storytelling tradition – featuring insights from the people behind Lore and The Black Tapes
The Simpsons did not ‘predict’ President Trump – a thinkpiece written the day after the US Election
Arab Strap stories – On the eve of their live comeback, I asked some fans and musicians to share their own stories about the band
The Ultimate Bob Dylan Quiz. The answers are blowin’ in the wind.
A profile of kaleidoscopic pop act Bossy Love. You heard them here first.
The many reinventions of David Bowie – retrospective piece written shortly before his death
‘We can do what we want’ – interview with punk duo Drenge
An interview with the director David Mackenzie about the music of Starred Up
A live review of Sleaford Mods in Edinburgh
An interview with Leftfield’s Neil Barnes about their first album in 16 years
‘We’re a church for the freaks’ – an interview with Young Fathers on following up their Mercury Prize win
‘A compelling explainer of our chaotic times’ – a review of the Adam Curtis film Bitter Lake
An interview with tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus on pop, violence and trying not to ‘get it right’