Mark begin his film career in 1982 in South Africa as a screenwriter for SABC 1 and 2, writing the acclaimed documentary “Bone of Contention” and the popular drama series “Trucking” and “Timber” for English Drama as well as the hit single drama Hot Snow.
Mark became a First Assistant Director on numerous international feature films for many years allowing him insight into all aspects of feature film-making. He wrote and directed “Dancing in the Forest” in the late 1980s starring Ian Roberts and Darren Dalton.
As a result, Mark became a full time director developing a strong relationship with NuImage, Millennium Films, Lionsgate, Caramel Films and Talisman, as well as the BBC and ITV in the United Kingdom. He has directed some fourteen feature films and fifty hours of television, including 90′ episodes of the highly viewed TV series, Ultimate Force.
Though Mark’s directorial background has been predominantly in the action genre, he has followed his heart’s desire over the last two years to write and develop the character-based projects, “Switching Stations” and “Talking With Dog”.
Currently directing Ethan Hawke, Mark has during his career worked with the likes of Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas, Sir Ben Kingsley, John Cusack, Stephen Rea, Stephen Lang, Marisa Tomei, John Rhys-Davies, David Warner and Janet Leigh in a diverse range of films shot in South Africa, Mexico, Canada, Cuba, Bulgaria and the United Kingdom.
Mark now lives in the United Kingdom.
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