Hi! I’m Mark Poole, a writer and director based in Melbourne, Australia. I make both drama and documentary. I also teach Cinema Studies and Media at RMIT. In the past I have taught New Media, Documentary, Australian Cinema, Screenwriting and Video Production at at RMIT, Monash, Swinburne and Deakin Universities.
My most recent documentary was Fearless, about the 92 year old playwright Julia Britton, who went to London to put on a play. It screened on ABC1 in 2010.
I’m currently working on a documentary about the screenwriter Jan Sardi (Shine 1996) and another on autism. Two of my feature film screenplays are in development for an Australian and a UK producer.
I’m currently the Chapter Head of the Australian Directors Guild in Victoria, and previously I have been the Chair of the Australian Writers’ Guild, Victorian Branch I was awarded the Richard Lane Award at the 2008 AWGIEs for screenwriting. I also won a Certificate of Merit for my short film Basically Speaking at the St Kilda Film Festival.
I worked for three years at ABC TV in Melbourne, working as a series producer, producer, director, writer and script editor on five different documentary series. I also wrote an episode of a children’s series, called Pumped Up, which was nominated for an AWGIE Award.
I wrote an original screenplay for the feature film A Single Life (1987), starring Tina Bursill and Steve Jacobs, who won an AFI Award for his role. It was directed by John Power, director of The Picture Show Man and Father.
Check out my full credits on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0690854/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
I co-wrote the book Shining a Light: 50 Years of the Australian Film Institute (2007) with Lisa French, which is available as an iBook on iTunes. I am also a regular contributor to The Guardian and Screen Hub on screen sector issues.