Kiwi Mark Piper began his career as an actor, then joined emerging director Roger Donaldson — helping Donaldson run company Aardvark Films and assisting him on breakthrough New Zealand feature Sleeping Dogs (1977). Though Piper would later return home to direct episodes of Shortland Street and Mercy Peak, he has since worked largely in Australia, plus occasional work excursions to Vietnam. His extensive directorial CV includes many Australian TV staples, including early episodes of All Saints, Blue Heelers, and Home and Away. These days he is a tutor at Bryon Bay Film and Television School.
I had a background in theatre and business. I knew nothing really about making films. It [Sleeping Dogs] was an amazing experience. It was the beginning of my career in this industry. Mark Piper recalls his screen beginnings, in 2004 documentary The Making of Sleeping Dogs