Mark Herman

Director, Screenwriter, Lyricist
Mark Herman attended England's National Film and Television School in the hopes of working in animation. After spying the unbeatable accomplishments of fellow students like renowned animator Nick Park, the filmmaker ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1953 in Bridlington, England, GB

Filmography

Director (7)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Hope Springs 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Purely Belter 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Little Voice 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Brassed Off 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Blame It on the Bellboy 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Unusual Ground Floor Conversation 1986 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (7)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hope Springs 2003 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Purely Belter 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Little Voice 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Brassed Off 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blame It on the Bellboy 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Unusual Ground Floor Conversation 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dill Scallion 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Mark Herman attended England's National Film and Television School in the hopes of working in animation. After spying the unbeatable accomplishments of fellow students like renowned animator Nick Park, the filmmaker decided instead to try his hand at live action. His thesis short, "See You at Wembley, Frankie Walsh", received a Student Academy Award and he followed with the 1987 short "Unusual Ground Floor Conversation". As a screenwriter, Herman spent two years in the BBC's employ, and he also had a stint as a lyricist, penning The Christians' British chart-topper "Ideal World". In 1992 the Herman helmed comedy "Blame It on the Bellboy" was released by Buena Vista, starring Dudley Moore and marking the writer-director's feature debut. Both a commercial and critical flop, "Blame It on the Bellboy" was hardly the breakthrough the filmmaker needed.

EDUCATION

National Film and Television School

started in animation, attended with Nick Park(live action)

Milestones

2000

Wrote and directed "Purely Belter"; screened at the Directors Fortnight at Cannes

1998

Adapted and helmed the screen adaptation of "Little Voice", based on Jim Cartwright's play "The Rise and Fall of Little Voice"; film starred Jane Horrocks, Brenda Blethyn, Michael Caine and McGregor

1996

Was screenwriter and director of "Brassed Off", starring Ewan McGregor and Pete Postlethwaite

1992

Wrote and directed debut feature "Blame It on the Bellboy", a comedy starring Dudley Moore

1987

Wrote and directed the short "Unusual Ground Floor Conversation"

Signed to write and direct a feature version of the British TV-movie "Dancing Queen", about a bridegroom who gets stranded with a stripper after his bachelor party

Worked as a writer for the BBC for two years

His short film "See You at Wembley, Frankie Walsh" was awarded a Student Academy Award

Was a lyricist for the 1980s band The Christians, penning their British chart-topper "Ideal World"

Bonus Trivia

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In addition to a Cesar, "Brassed Off" won a German Film Award for Best Foreign Film, an Emden Film Award from the Emden International Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize from the Tokyo International Film Festival.

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Nominated for a Golden Satellite Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay Adaption for "Little Voice"

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"It's not just that the north of England is poor and the south is rich; it's more that there's London, and then there's everywhere else." --Mark Herman quoted in the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, August 15, 1997

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"I was doubly pleased to be working with Mark again. He writes some of the best dialogue to say. The words taste really nice in your mouth. 'Doesn't like wind, doesn't Duane.' It's like a poem." --two time collaborator Ewan McGregor quoted in "Little Voice" press notes

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