Hi! I’m Mark Poole, a writer and director based in Melbourne, Australia. I make both drama and documentary.

My work has been recognised with a number of awards. In 2008 I was awarded the prestigious Richard Lane Award for screnwriting by the Australian Writers’ Guild. I won a Certificate of Merit at the St Kilda Film Festival for the short film Basically Speaking that I directed. And my feature film A Single Life won an AFI Award.

My documentary Fearless, about the 92 year old playwright Julia Britton, who went to London to put on a play., was screened on ABC1 in 2010. It was co-produced with Rob George.

I’m currently working on a follow up to two documentaries I’ve made on autism and two of my feature film screenplays are in development for an Australian and a UK producer.

I was the Chair of the Australian Writers’ Guild, Victorian Branch for the past five years. Before that I was National Vice President of the AWG.

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 awarded an AWGIE Award nomination. My first feature film screenplay, Below The Belt, won a Monte Miller Award nomination for Best Unproduced Screenplay.

I write extensively about the film and television industries, particularly about screenwriting and directing, for Screen Hub, The Age, The Australian, Storyline, Screen Education and Metro Magazine.

You can contact me at mark@markpoole.com.au

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