A product of Port Talbot - the same industrial town in South Wales that takes credit for Sirs Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins - Mark Williams began his career by working as a stage-hand with a local theatre company, and studied drama under the guidance of director Steve Hearne and local actor Meyrick Sheen - father of current Hollywood favourite Michael Sheen.
As an undergraduate, Mark studied Film and Literature under Professor Colin MacCabe and Drs Stacy Gillis and James Lyons at the University of Exeter, where he excelled in the study of gender roles in film. His thesis on inverted gender roles in popular culture was published in 2004. Although heavily rooted in film theory, he also studied screenwriting under British sitcom veteran Sue Teddern, and award-winning short film maker Jane Devoy, and became involved with a collective of students writing and producing short films.
Following a brief stint as a stage-hand at London's West End Mark went on to study at the International Film School of Wales, where he met long-term collaborators Christopher Bolton and Peter Edgar. It was here that Mark found his niche as a Producer, concurrently producing three 10-minute shorts, each differing in style and genre (a studio-based Western, an Action-Thriller and a Period Drama). Following the successful completion of the MA Film programme, Mark continued to work with Edgar and Bolton under the Double Down Flicks banner, taking the three completed shorts out onto the festival circuit, while developing a number of feature-length scripts, and producing two award-nominated 3-minute shorts.
In 2009, Mark's first feature screenplay - The Other Woman - won the Dylan Thomas Award for Best Original Screenplay at the Swansea Bay Film Festival, followed by Selections and Nominations at numerous other festivals around the globe. Between 2010 and 2012 Mark produced the company's first feature-length project - Double Top.
Film by Double Down Flicks Producer
Dylan Thomas Award for Best Original Screenplay: THE OTHER WOMAN (Swansea Bay Film Festival)
Best Student Short: COUNTDOWN (Swansea Bay Film Festival)
International Film School Wales
University of Exeter