Meet the judges: Marc Evans
09 / 05 / 2012
Marc Evans was born in 1963 in Carmarthen, Wales. He studied for a history of art degree at the University of Cambridge. He worked as a runner for a commercials company in London, before beginning directing on TV dramas, starting out with Welsh-medium productions for S4C, and latterly including episodes of The Ruth Rendell Mysteries.
He transferred to film, with 1997′s House of America about a young Welsh immigrant to the United States who falls foul of the American dream. In 1998 came controversy with Resurrection Man, a thriller set amid sectarian violence in Northern Ireland.
His first box office hit was the Big Brother-inspired horror film My Little Eye. In 2004 he directed Trauma starring Colin Firth, Mena Suvari and Brenda Fricker, written by Richard Smith, which reprised the darker elements of My Little Eye via a chilling psychological study of amnesia and despair. His later films mark a shift from an exploration of the relationships between national identity and myth to an innovative reworking of the horror genre in the critically acclaimed My Little Eye, which tapped into the zeitgeist via its embedded critique of the extremities of reality television and the internet.
Evans’s 2006 film Snow Cake starred Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman. His documentary In Prison My Whole Life, about death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, premiered at the 2007 London Film Festival and was selected for the Sundance Film Festival in 2008.
The film, Hunky Dory, premiered at the 55th BFI London Film Festival and released on March 2, 2012, in the UK and Ireland. The film also stars Kimberley Nixon, West End Actor of Spring Awakening Aneurin Barnard.
Evans is a visiting professor at the University of Glamorgan’s creative arts school ATRiuM.