2018 is set to be another busy year for actor and producer Nik Goldman from Leeds.
Returning to the UK after starring in a Second World War film, Squadron 303, in Poland, Nik is getting stuck into his other passion, producing films once again.
Nik worked alongside some of of Poland’s biggest stars in Squadrom 303 including Anna Prus, Piotr Adamczyk, and Maciej Zakoscielny, as well as Downton Abbey’s Cara Theobold. The film depicts of the most highly regarded fighter squadrons in the history of aerial combat and their heroic defence of England during the Battle of Britain.
But next up to develop is Breckenridge, a political thriller based on true events starring Brian Cox, and will see Nik both behind and in front of the camera in a lead role playing a journalist. “I’m producing the film with Brian and we’re both acting in it. We’ve just got the script down and we’re about to try and get the movie made, so it’s been pretty busy!”
Nik has acted in and produced many films including short and feature films, including 2009’s Jack Said starring Danny Dyer, for which Nik enjoyed a lead role as a hitman and cites as a particular personal highlight. True to Nik’s varied CV, while working on Breckenbridge he’ll also commence work on a psychological thriller called The Au Pair, a world away in tone from the prestige flick with Brian Cox.
While scouting for acting and producing projects, Nik, who is based in Scarcroft, owns and runs a concierge company, meaning he can pick and choose opportunities that are right for him, and having something to supplement his passion is something that Nik definitely recommends: “I get a lot of people asking me for advice and I always say to make sure you’ve got another job. You can’t rely on acting full time unless you’re in that top bracket. It’s a very difficult business to be in and you have to have another form of income.”
While acting roles often take Nik to the US or to Europe on location, Nik has remained in Leeds and has recently married too. Did he feel that he missed out by not staying by the bright lights of London to ‘make it’? It’s not all it’s cracked up to be, explains Nik: “A lot of the work I get is from being in the business for a long time and through people that I know. Luckily the way things are going now, you don’t really need to be in London or New York now to get the roles.
“It’s international now. These days most auditions are done by recording yourself and uploading it to send to a casting director. I auditioned for Coriolanus [2011 film directed by Ralph Fiennes] and I just sent it off and I didn’t even need to be there.”
Squadron 303 is set be released in cinemas in Poland, UK, and USA later on in the year, as well as various world digital platforms, so keep an eye out to catch Nik in action!