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Marcus is an independent filmmaker – who self-distributed his debut feature film, Papadopoulos and Sons (starring Stephen Dillane), which he wrote and directed, in 2013 by staging his own cinema release – achieving the second highest screen average of any movie in its opening weekend (only beaten by Oblivion with Tom Cruise) with a P&A budget of just £40k.
He used social media and guerrilla tactics such as cold calling every Greek Orthodox priest to announce the movie’s release in the Sunday service before the opening weekend. The movie went on to be bought by Netflix, ARTE, the BBC and many worldwide territories.
It can be currently seen on the BBC iPlayer (where the film was re-bought by the BBC in 2020 for a further 10 years).
He has written two plays: Age-Sex-Location (Riverside Studios, 2004) and Ordinary Dreams (2009) and his short films Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times (2017) and Office Song (2019) have notched up over 100 festival screenings between them and over 20 award wins.
His short, Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times is a viral hit on YouTube and is approaching 3m views.
In 2014 he was nominated by the London Critics Circle Awards for Breakthrough British Filmmaker. In 2018 he teamed up with veteran Hollywood Producer Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club, The Butler, Mudbound) to launch Movie Collective – a new initiative to get more indie films financed.
He read History and Politics at the University Birmingham, completed an MA in Legal and Political Theory at University College London, was a magazine editor and trained to be an actor at LAMDA.
In the 90s he started a disruptive B2B online classifieds business which he still runs today.