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Simon Mark-Brown

Director

Simon Mark-Brown began his screen career in 1987, buying props for TV commercials. He worked his way up to set dressing and art directing for adverts and movies, including Ruby and Rata and The Footstep Man. In 1990, after launching production company Republic Films, Mark-Brown got busy directing hundreds of adverts. Later he made two extended documentaries about musicians: The Secret Life of John Rowles and The Sun Came Out. Comedy drama The Catch followed in 2017. Since then Mark-Brown has made quirky man alone chronicle The Man on the Island, and co-directed wine documentary A Seat at the Table.

Working on Vincent Ward's The Navigator was like a prison sentence of hard labour. I swore to never make filmmaking so hard for myself. And I haven't — I shot a feature in 10 days. Simon Mark-Brown