A teacher by day, and a writer by night, Mark grew up in Northern Ireland but since 2003 has resided in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Since he began writing a film/television blog in 2009, he's had the opportunity to work as press at a number of film festivals including Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Glasgow Film Festival.
His biggest passion in writing is the way film, television and the media change the way we think, often without us really noticing.
One of my father’s favourite quotes is:
“There’s nothing more dangerous than someone in the right.”
It’s a quote that comes from the context of living in Northern Ireland during The Troubles, where many people on both sides of the community believed they were firmly ‘in the right’.
When... August 29th, 2012 | Featured | Read More
The police shoot. Man down.
Anger and misinformation abound
Facebook, BBM, Soon flash mobs mob
They Smash and grab. Raze and rob
Trainers and TVs. It’s what they need.
Never mind jobs to find or mouths to feed
Some young souls set the place alight
London’s Burning Bright.
One year later. A... August 18th, 2012 | Poetry | Read More
Over the past few years I have started to take a hobby of mine, watching films, and turn it into more of passion. Through understanding more fully what makes a good narrative, I have gained new insights into Jesus’ parables, which in turn has changed the way I’ve tried to share my faith with other... March 29th, 2012 | Film | Read More
Weddings, Riots and Flatscreen Televisions
What do we value? Our family? Our friendships? Our new iPhone? Our lie-ins on a Saturday? Our chance for fellowship on a Sunday? And is what we value really that different from our neighbour next door who has zero interest in church and is completely... October 11th, 2011 | Essays, Featured | Read More
The revenge thriller is a story almost as old as cinema itself.
It concerns a character being wronged, normally in the first act of the movie, and their attempts to gain redemption by getting revenge on those who have hurt them. Of course God’s method of redemption, through his self-sacrifice... September 21st, 2011 | Essays | Read More