Mark trained as an actor before directing and writing plays on the London fringe circuit. He was a co-founder of 104 Theatre Company with which he won the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe First Award for a devised piece entitled ‘See Base Of Can‘.
He then started his own production company ‘From The Streets Productions‘ with partner and Producer Jane Street. Together they began working on short film projects alongside their theatre work. Marks’ first film ‘Lateman‘ went on to showcase at London’s Raindance Film Festival and his second ‘The Noisy Neighbour‘ a horror based on Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Tell-Tale Heart‘ was picked to play at ‘The Commonwealth Film Festival’. Mark has gone on to have a successful career directing for both stage and screen collaborating with a wealth of talented writers, editors, animators and producers.
Mark has been developing his next feature with Writer Mark Underwood whose previous film won the best feature at The Independent Film Awards. He will be starting pre-production in the summer and he has another doc in early development. Mark is also passionate about teaching. He teaches in many of the top drama schools in and around London and carries his professional work over in to his classes in the hope of inspiring the next generation of young filmmakers to go out and tell their own stories.
Mark has been working on ‘The Space – Theatre of Survival‘ since 2011 when Brian Astbury first approached Mark with the idea. Mark went through the interviews previously shot by actor and longstanding member of ‘The Space Theatre‘, Percy Sieff. After watching them all he was in no doubt that here was a story that had to be told. It has subsequently been a long hard road but more than worth it. Mark was taught by Brian Astbury at drama school and is acutely aware of how important the arts are to society. Arthur Miller once said “The Arts make us feel connected to one another and less isolated” This film is certainly a powerful example of just how true Arthur Miller’s quote is and is as relevant today as ever.