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, Mark-Brown set up his own production company, Republic Films, where he directed hundreds of ads. His first short film Going Down followed in 1995. Later he made two feature-length documentaries about musicians: The Secret Life of John Rowles and The Sun Came Out. His first feature, comedy drama The Catch, arrived in 2017. Two years later Mark-Brown 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