Mark Lawrie was born in Johannesburg and moved to Barcelona when he was twelve. Interested in theatre and photography from an early age, he first ventured into film as a student of photography, filming local 8mm cult classics in Berlin and Barcelona. He entered the industry as a music promo director in the late 80’s. A highlight of this period for him was directing the “Rainbow Nation Concert” live in Johannesburg in 1991, with historic appearances by Nelson Mandela and Bishop Tutu.
He also directed theatre productions including the highly successful and contentious “Billy Markham and the Devil” by Shell Silberstein. In the 90’s, his ground-breaking and sometimes subversive music promo’s helped launch the careers of many well-known South African musicians and earned him many awards along the way*.
Mark began directing commercials for television and cinema in 1994 with The Gatehouse then joined Velocity Films for over a decade.
In 2009 he moved to the UK and is established as a freelance director working worldwide. He has worked with agencies and clients around the globe (Azerbaijan, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dubai, France, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Lebanon, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Uganda, United Kingdom, and the USA) and achieved many international awards**.