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Mark Noonan

Writer/Director

Mark is an Irish writer/director based in London. His debut feature You’re Ugly Too (2015) starring Aidan Gillen and Lauren Kinsella, premiered at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival where it was nominated for a Crystal Bear and the Best Debut Feature award. It played in competition at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2015 where it was nominated for both Best International Feature and the Audience Award, and earned a nomination from the European Film Academy for the Young Audience Award in 2015. You’re Ugly Too was awarded Best Debut Feature at the 2015 Galway Film Festival and was the winner of the 2015 Director’s Guild of America/SDGI Finders Series, as well as Best Screenplay Awards at both the 2015 Skip City International Festival in Tokyo and the 2015 Athens International Film Festival. His original screenplay Tyger, Tyger is in development with the Irish Film Board and was presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market in 2016. Mark’s feature documentary Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect was released in Irish cinemas in 2017 and has since secured several international distribution deals worldwide including sales to Kino Lorber in the United States and Salzgeber in Germany. Mark is a member of the European Film Academy and the Screen Director’s Guild of Ireland.

Credits

FEATURE FILM
Production (role):
KEVIN ROCHE: THE QUIET ARCHITECT
Project details:
Feature-length documentary

“Fascinating and visually arresting” - SCANNAIN

"Elegant.. The Quiet Architect teases out Roche’s various contradictions to fascinating effect" - THE
IRISH TIMES

"Smooth, gliding visuals" - TOTALLY DUBLIN

"A fascinating portrait" - RTE

"A captivating visual feast.. 82 glorious minutes" - MAGPIE
Production (role):
TYGER, TYGER (Writer / Director)
Company:
Savage Productions
Project details:
Original Screenplay
Production (role):
YOU'RE UGLY TOO (Writer / Director)
Company:
Savage Productions / IFB
Project details:
“... infused with an evocative sense of place, the film showcases lovely, unforced performances from Aidan
Gillen and Lauren Kinsella as an uncle and his orphaned niece who start out as strangers but form a
connection probably destined to endure... A well-observed debut…[and] a film made all the more bittersweet
by its delicate touch.” - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“...we become invested in these characters enough to actually care what happens to them – yet this charming,
oddly uplifting film earns our respect by never taking the easy, 'Hollywood' option with their relationships. In
short, You're Ugly Too's stylish, understated beauty is well worth beholding.” - THE IRISH NEWS

**** Four Stars “Emotions are underplayed and dialogue sharp…low-key but impressively executed” - TOTAL FILM

You're Ugly Too is a miniature Irish gem starring Game of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen as an ex-con who is thrust
together with his recently orphaned niece, Stacey (Lauren Kinsella). It's spiky, frequently surprising and driven by two great performances.” - SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
TELEVISION
Production (role):
KID CHOCOLATE (Writer)
Project details:
6 x 30 minutes

Black comedy-drama series about an aging boxer, a decade past his prime, who is forced to turn to petty crime and a humiliating job as a henchman to get by
Production (role):
ROUGHNECK (Writer)
Project details:
6 x 60 minutes

Wendy Carter, a safety officer on an oil rig in the North Atlantic, returns to the UK to find the people she considers responsible for her son's death and inadvertently stumbles onto a possible Norwegian oil conspiracy in the English midlands
SHORT FILM
Production (role):
THEY SHOOT PEOPLE (Writer / Director)
Production (role):
GETTING AIR
Project details:
Official Selection: FRSF Polish Film Review, Warsaw 2011

Sapporo International Short Film Festival 2011, Japan

Indie Spirit Film Festival 2011, USA

Chicago-Irish Film Festival 2011

Lewiston-Auburn Film Festival 2011, USA

Belfast Film Festival 2011

Galway Film Fleadh 2010

Cork International Film Festival 2010

Kerry Film Festival 2010
Production (role):
QUESTIONS
Project details:
Official Selection: Belfast Film Festival 2010

Novara Film Festival, Italy 2010

Chicago-Irish Film Festival 2010

MAREMETRAGGIO Trieste Film Festival Italy 2010

Morocco Film Festival 2010

Nickel Independent Film Festival Canada 2009

Rutger Hauer’s I’VE SEEN FILMS Festival 2009

Jordan Irish Film Fest 2010

Selected for Short Film Director Support Project as part of Short
Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2009

Galway Film Fleadh 2009

Cork International Film Festival 2009

Kerry Film Festival 2008

Credits

  • Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Production (role): KEVIN ROCHE: THE QUIET ARCHITECT
    Company:
    Project details: Feature-length documentary

    “Fascinating and visually arresting” - SCANNAIN

    "Elegant.. The Quiet Architect teases out Roche’s various contradictions to fascinating effect" - THE
    IRISH TIMES

    "Smooth, gliding visuals" - TOTALLY DUBLIN

    "A fascinating portrait" - RTE

    "A captivating visual feast.. 82 glorious minutes" - MAGPIE
  • Production (role): TYGER, TYGER (Writer / Director)
    Company: Savage Productions
    Project details: Original Screenplay
  • Production (role): YOU'RE UGLY TOO (Writer / Director)
    Company: Savage Productions / IFB
    Project details: “... infused with an evocative sense of place, the film showcases lovely, unforced performances from Aidan
    Gillen and Lauren Kinsella as an uncle and his orphaned niece who start out as strangers but form a
    connection probably destined to endure... A well-observed debut…[and] a film made all the more bittersweet
    by its delicate touch.” - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

    “...we become invested in these characters enough to actually care what happens to them – yet this charming,
    oddly uplifting film earns our respect by never taking the easy, 'Hollywood' option with their relationships. In
    short, You're Ugly Too's stylish, understated beauty is well worth beholding.” - THE IRISH NEWS

    **** Four Stars “Emotions are underplayed and dialogue sharp…low-key but impressively executed” - TOTAL FILM

    You're Ugly Too is a miniature Irish gem starring Game of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen as an ex-con who is thrust
    together with his recently orphaned niece, Stacey (Lauren Kinsella). It's spiky, frequently surprising and driven by two great performances.” - SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
  • Production (role)
    Project details
  • Production (role): KID CHOCOLATE (Writer)
    Project details: 6 x 30 minutes

    Black comedy-drama series about an aging boxer, a decade past his prime, who is forced to turn to petty crime and a humiliating job as a henchman to get by
  • Production (role): ROUGHNECK (Writer)
    Project details: 6 x 60 minutes

    Wendy Carter, a safety officer on an oil rig in the North Atlantic, returns to the UK to find the people she considers responsible for her son's death and inadvertently stumbles onto a possible Norwegian oil conspiracy in the English midlands
  • Production (role)
    Project details
  • Production (role): THEY SHOOT PEOPLE (Writer / Director)
    Project details:
  • Production (role): GETTING AIR
    Project details: Official Selection: FRSF Polish Film Review, Warsaw 2011

    Sapporo International Short Film Festival 2011, Japan

    Indie Spirit Film Festival 2011, USA

    Chicago-Irish Film Festival 2011

    Lewiston-Auburn Film Festival 2011, USA

    Belfast Film Festival 2011

    Galway Film Fleadh 2010

    Cork International Film Festival 2010

    Kerry Film Festival 2010
  • Production (role): QUESTIONS
    Project details: Official Selection: Belfast Film Festival 2010

    Novara Film Festival, Italy 2010

    Chicago-Irish Film Festival 2010

    MAREMETRAGGIO Trieste Film Festival Italy 2010

    Morocco Film Festival 2010

    Nickel Independent Film Festival Canada 2009

    Rutger Hauer’s I’VE SEEN FILMS Festival 2009

    Jordan Irish Film Fest 2010

    Selected for Short Film Director Support Project as part of Short
    Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2009

    Galway Film Fleadh 2009

    Cork International Film Festival 2009

    Kerry Film Festival 2008