Medway in Kent is fast becoming the centre of creativity. There are a number of creatives that both drive and support this ever-growing community and Mr Young is one of them. Recently appointed to write about the arts scene in the local area for Medway Times, Mark took the opportunity to tell us more about his past, present and future.
So Mr Young, what is your current creative title?
I’m an independent filmmaker. More specifically I’m a writer, producer and director of my own film company “The Moon The Eye”.
How long have you been doing this?
I have been making films for some time. My first short film was released in 1995 and screened at the bfi Metro cinema in Derby for six nights. I continued to make short films, I have made 10 to date. All of them have been screened at various festivals and screenings and 5 of them have been broadcast on TV in the last 18 months or so.
In 2003 I began work on my first feature film, a documentary called East 3 – Exploring a Frozen Frontier about life in the Canadian Arctic. The film was released in 2006 and went on to premiere in New York as well as being broadcast on TV in 2010 and 2011.
What other career paths have you taken?
As you can imagine, being an independent filmmaker doesn’t pay the bills, not yet anyway, so I have been involved in arts management and publicity. However, for the last few years I have been working as a primary school teacher. Yes, I do get the children in my class to explore filmmaking! In fact, I have organised a couple of screenings of their films at Thameside Theatre in Grays, Essex in the past couple of years.
Creativity, I have also produced a CD of ‘beat poetry’ by 7th Adventure Recordings called ‘Curious Fascinations’. I’m also currently writing for Medway Times about the arts scene in Medway.
Did you study any creative subjects?
I studied film at the University of Derby. I have also taught a directing for film course in Islington and ran my own filmmaking courses in Essex, Islington and Cheltenham.
Who inspires you both locally and universally?
My biggest film influence is David Lynch, although my favourite films are usually comedies such as Ghostbusters and Withnail and I. Alot of my influences are musical, Jack White, David Bowie, Nirvana, Prince, lots of great music but also these people are true to their vision.
Locally, Billy Childish is someone whose vision I admire. His music rocks and he had a great moustache.
What would you like to achieve in the future?
I am currently developing my second feature film. I want it to be a Medway based production. Long term I hope to turn Medway into the Hollywood of England 😉
I’m also planning, this year, to release a DVD of my short films. I will also be working in two further short films. I also have some more experimental ‘travelogue’ films I want to complete. And I will be producing the second CD release by 7th Adventure Recordings. I would really like to set up a film festival in Medway too. Not sure when I will find time to do that though!
Is there anything else you would like to study?
I always wanted to study psychology. I studied it to A level standard and was fascinated by it.
Can you recommend a creative website you love?
Thank you ever so much for telling us more about yourself Mr Young, and we look forward to seeing your projects develop and will be here to support you all the way!
You can find Mr Young on Twitter @mr_young and find out more about “The Moon The Eye” at www.themoontheeye.co.uk
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