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Public Apology

By Ian Nicholson posted November 23, 2017

Dear Friends,


I would like to offer my sincerest apologies for my completely unwarranted outburst on Facebook recently.


Why did I write such horrible remarks? I cannot defend the indefensible, but we all make mistakes. This one was my magnum opus.


Call it an abberation. A brainspaz (yes, that is a word!). A momentary lapse of reason. Reading my own words in the cold light of day leaves me feeling incredibly embarrassed and ashamed. It's like I stepped outside of myself to have written such appalling words.


My words WERE aimed a handful of people that had raised my ire on that thread - and not the LGBT community at large - but still then, my words were poorly chosen and so even to that small group that I allowed to get under my skin, I apologise. 


I have no real excuse. It was an incredibly ill-conceived outburst on my part which I know has caused great hurt to members of the LGBT community, and brought immense embarrassment to my film industry friends to whom I apologise unreservedly.


Please believe me when I say those comments do not reflect me as a person in everyday life. I do not hold homophobic views at all, and in fact have had the great pleasure of working with some of the finest and most beautiful gay people in my films and classes. My biggest apology goes to them, who may now suspect they were working alongside some kind of monster. I am so sorry and hope you can forgive me. I am, truly, ashamed. That really wasn't me.


In particular, I would like to extend my apologies to my friends at the ACS, who I know I have disappointed deeply. I have many bridges to rebuild - and I sincerely hope they can be.


I would like to say a very special thank-you to my LGBT friends for taking the time to discuss and impress upon me the far-reaching consequences of my hurtful words. Thank you all for being so generous with your time, and my humblest apologies for the hurt I now realise it has caused you. You suffered enough in your journey to finally see marriage equality become a reality - as many other LGBT people have too. The last thing you need is more twats like me making stupid noises.


This school has been my pride and joy and running it has been my most treasured life achievement. To have taught and inspired so many fantastic people and enthusing them to go out and make great films as been an incredible honour. I realise now the enormous damage I have rendered to its reputation, and of course, mine.


Such opinions certainly have no place in an educational environment, and so I would like to apologise to all my former students and collaborators, who I'm sure would be shocked and disappointed.


Needless to say, I'll be stepping out of the Sydney Short Film School and may be some time...


Thank you for reading, and if my words have hurt you, I sincerely and humbly apologise.


All the best,



Ian Nicholson