ABOUT

Name, Title

Mark Playne

I am a Writer-Director with over 90 awards

for my short films.

'3 Seconds in Bogota' is my debut into the world of books. This will be shortly followed by my first novel which I am converting from my screenplay 'MoMo'.

 

2 by 2
To mark the centenary of the 1915 Armenian Holocaust, 10 directors from 10 countries were each funded to make a film with the hope of nurturing peace between the Armenian & Turkish peoples. 

I was greatly honoured to be able to make '2 by 2' as the British contribution to the project.

'2 by 2' has so far featured in the official selections of 42 festivals, has won 19 awards and is currently screening worldwide.

 

Love at First Sight
 Love at First Sight  was my debut short film, shot in the stunning old fishing village of Villa Joyosa in Spain.
The dialogue-free film premiered at the prestigious Palm Springs International Film Festival in California.

The first award was for Best Director at Hollywood's Feel Good Film Festival which was an extra special honour for me as it was based at Raleigh Studios – which is where Charlie Chaplin, a personal hero of mine, first set up United Artists in the 1920s

The film went on to have 196 official selections spanning 50 countries and was the winner of 76 awards. 

A 35mm print of the film is now preserved in the BFI's national archive.

 

Industry

I have served on the jury of film festivals in the United Kingdom, France and Hollywood.

I am a member of the WGGB (Writers Guild of Great Britain), Alli and Directors UK.

 

Personal

I divide my spare time between an old farmhouse in Spain, a WW2 air-sea rescue launch on the banks of the Thames in London and a jungle beach hut in India.

 

Contact

I enjoy hearing from people who've seen my films or would like to read my stories, so please do get in touch.

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