Marc Evans

Born in 1959, Marc, a Welsh speaker, comes from Cardiff and was educated at Cambridge and Bristol Universities. He made his first short, film, Johnny Be Good, in 1984 – a bilingual story of a jukebox’s arrival in a small Welsh town. Marc subsequently worked in television in the UK, directing many dramas and documentaries. Most notable among his TV dramas were Friday On My Mind for the BBC and Master Of The Moor for ITV, starring Colin Firth. His documentaries include Libraries Gave Us Power (about rock group Manic Street Preachers); Un Sogno Fatto In Sicilia for RAI; the feature length Beautiful Mistake (featuring John Cale, Super Furry Animals and Catatonia); and Dal:Yma/Nawr for S4C (featuring Rhys Ifans, Ioan Griffiths and Cerys Matthews). Marc made his first feature film in 1996, House of America, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival, followed swiftly by the controversial Resurrection Man, released in 1998. 2002 saw much critical acclaim for his digital horror film My Little Eye, which was followed by Trauma, starring Colin Firth and Mena Suvari. Then came Snow Cake, starring Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver and Carrie-Anne Moss, which opened the 2006 Berlin Film Festival and was released later that year worldwide. In 2007, Marc completed the feature documentary In Prison My Whole Life, about how death row inmate Mumia Abu Jamal, which premiered simultaneously at the London and Rome film festivals and was in competition at Sundance 2008. He returned to TV in 2008 to direct all five episodes of the ITV Drama Serial Collision, which received huge ratings and critical acclaim when broadcast late 2009. Marc’s feature Patagonia, a contemporary road movie that takes place in Wales and Argentina, starring Matthew Rhys and Duffy, was released in March 2010. Patagonia won four Welsh BAFTAs, including Marc’s award for Best Director: Fiction. Last year Marc directed Ian Rankin’s novel of Doors open, (adapted by James Mavor) for sprout Productions. He also directed new Welsh detective drama, Hinterland, for Fiction Factory/S4C, and Gifted for Sky Arts, starring Rhys Ifans.