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Mark Houghton

Mark Houghton has spent a quarter of his life living and working overseas. Regardless of the job he is employed in, he will usually find a way to create a project to be filmed or photographed. His first major project was a documentary/road trip filmed while participating in a charity bike ride through Vietnam for ‘Cycle Against Poverty’ in 1995. The resulting documentary was screened as part of a touring art and cultural exhibition and was broadcast, in part, on television networks throughout Japan.

Houghton’s involvement with tourism also provided ample opportunities to get behind a camera. A collection of travel related photography has appeared in a variety of brochures and magazines. For Intrepid Travel, Houghton produced a series of promotional videos shot in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Japan and once again found his footage broadcast, this time on Australian television.

The culmination of many years based in Asia resulted in the ‘rhumline’ project co-ordinated by long-term friend Di O’Rorke. An arduous 63 day Journey overland through China, Mongolia and Tibet was captured and presented as a feature length documentary.

Houghton returned to University in Melbourne to further his studies in film and television embracing new areas of production and expanding on theoretical and technical skills to enable future productions to reach their fullest potential.

During the term of the course Houghton went on to embrace narrative film enjoying success with such films as ‘Don’t Ya Wanna Dance?’ starring Paul Yardley and Amanda Muggleton and a remake of Chris Marker’s experimental apocalyptic film ‘La Jetee. THis was followed up with 3 short films including a remake of Edgar Allan Poe’s, ‘The House Of Usher’, ‘Legend’, a rock and roll story which is a pilot for a TV sitcom and ‘The Flag’ a suspense drama set in a futuristic game further diversifying the genres he has worked with.

Short film credits

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Image from Don't Ya Wanna Dance?

Don't Ya Wanna Dance?

Australia | May 2010 | 11:56
A young person struggles to come to terms with the consequences of mistakes in life.
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Information on this profile is provided by the person and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 5 Sep 2011