Lance Steen Anthony Nielsen hails originally from the town of Kingston-upon-Thames where he was brought up by an English mother and Danish father who were unable to have any children of their own and adopted him at the age of one. During his childhood, he spent much of his time engaged in designing fictional worlds for role playing games, rolling dice, renting videos, going to the cinema and forgetting to tell his mother what time he would be home when he went out. He studied Audio Visual Design at Epsom School of Art and Design where his ambitious epic projects were often thwarted by his uninspiring tutors who would tell him to go and photograph ‘Some hands’ instead.
To support himself during and after college he worked at his local cinema. His passion for watching films would even result in him traveling to see more films in central London on his day off, much to the incredulity of his fellow ushers, who thought this was just plain stupid. After a period of working in other retail jobs he started making films with any type of camera he could get his hands on and writing plays for London’s off West-End Theatre scene.
He was the resident playwright for the Jacksons Lane Theatre from 1997 until 2002 where his first play ‘Waiting for Hillsborough’ won him the Best Talent in New Writing, at the Liverpool Arts and Entertainment Awards. His next play, ‘Sticks and Stones’, about three families’ lives over four decades during the conflict in Northern Ireland brought him much critical acclaim. It is currently being developed as a television series. ‘The Victoria Climbie Inquiry’ earned him Time Out Magazine Critics Choice, while his play 'Making Time' won him a Peter Brook Empty Space Award. Additionally, he won a Peggy Ramsay award and has had plays produced at The Hackney Empire, Bridewell, Landor, Lion and Unicorn, The Mask. The Stratford Arts and Old Red Lion Theatres.
In 2012 the advancement of digital technology enabled him to write and direct the feature film 'The Journey' starring Jason Flemyng and Lindsey Coulson which should not be confused with any of the other seven films on IMDB which share the same title. It has won numerous awards at various Film Festivals Worldwide, including bagging one for Lance as Best Director at the International Film Makers Festival of Nice in 2015 and the Jury Award at the same festival in Milan. Since then he has written numerous feature film. When filming of one of these projects was delayed he decided it was time to write his epic novel series ‘Diamonds in the Sky’ an idea which first came to him in 2015 while eating the most incredible portion of fresh Mozzarella in northern Italy.
Lance has spent a considerable portion of his time in Greece, a country which he credits for ‘Saving his life.’ He resides in North London alongside a rather large collection of Lego and numerous board games.
Find more info on Lance at his website: diamondsintheskybookseries.com/
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