Digital Arts Studios Belfast, Northern Ireland

Nicky Larkin

Nicky Larkin works mainly in the medium of experimental film and video-art

Artist Intro

Nicky Larkin is a filmmaker, writer and artist, based in Belfast.

His 2018 NI Screen-funded short documentary 'Becoming Cherrie' told the story of Belfast's most-loved drag queen Cherrie Ontop, aka performer Matthew Cavan, and his struggle for acceptance living with HIV in conservative Northern Irish society. Becoming Cherrie was nominated for ‘Best British Short’ in the Iris Prize in Cardiff, won 'Best Documentary' at the Oxford International Film Festival 2020, ‘Best LGBT Short’ at the Bolton International Film Festival 2019, and screened at Dublin International Film Festival, Dinard Film Festival, Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, IndieCork, Docs Ireland, GAZE Film Festival, Chicago Irish Film Festival, Irish Film Festival London, and at the Contemporary Irish Arts Centre Los Angeles. On the back of the success of 'Becoming Cherrie', in 2019 he was commissioned by BBC NI to make Cherrie, Me & HIV, half-hour doc expanding on Matthew's story. 'Cherrie, Me & HIV' was broadcast in November 2019, and is currently available on the BBC iPlayer. In 2020 he completed his documentary 'Abomination', funded by Northern Ireland Screen, following the Belfast Ensemble as they created and staged their radical opera, using verbatim hate speech from the DUP. He has just completed the comedy short 'Gone Viral', which he wrote and directed. Funded by Northern Ireland Screen and produced by Green Dragon Media, it was the first production to resume filming after the national lockdown.

design & development