British-born but based in New Zealand since age eight, Mark Prebble dreamt of being a filmmaker from an early age. In the 1990s he began making short films, and working behind the scenes in varied crew roles. Then he turned screen satirist, directing Futile Attraction (2005), which follows a film crew making a dating show. It was the first Kiwi movie completed via an online funding campaign. Since then Prebble has created shorts and plays with his wife Marion, written for Māori TV's B&B, and spent three years as Vice President of the NZ Writers Guild. He is now second in command at film festival Show Me Shorts.
Editing was like pulling teeth — staring at the same jokes for two years does weird things to your head. Writer/director Mark Prebble on completing his first feature-length film Futile Attraction, Whoosh website, 2004
Satire Futile Attraction follows a dysfunctional reality television crew as they make a show about dating. The unfortunate 'couple' being manipulated for the cameras are a phone-obsessed nerd, and a woman consumed with being ecologically sound. In real life, director Mark Prebble became the first New Zealander to get funding for his movie via an online crowdfunding campaign (as detailed in the making of video). Alongside lead actors Danielle Mason (Black Sheep) and Peter Rutherford (Event 16), the late Alistair Browning shines as a smarmy television host.
Sticky TV was one of New Zealand's longest-running kids programmes, lasting 16 years. Aimed at preschoolers through to 12-year-olds, it introduced many emerging presenters, including future TV weatherman Sam Wallace, Kanoa Llloyd (The Project) and Erin Simpson (The Erin Simpson Show). Made by Pickled Possum Productions, Sticky TV broadcast on TV3, except for four years when it aired on Four. Segments included children handing out advice to other kids, mud fights, and contests involving singing, cooking, fashion and survival. The last episode screened on Christmas Day 2017.