Senior Lecturer, Film
Educated in British and North American universities, Mark was appointed lecturer in Cultural Studies at Falmouth in 1998. Building on expertise from previous Higher Education teaching appointments at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Akron, Mark initially taught across a number of media courses, primarily in the theoretical areas of cultural representation, the politics of interpretation and the analysis of both moving image and print-media texts.
Mark led the development of the Film course in 1999-2000, aiming to design an innovative undergraduate experience that combined theoretical and practice-based learning. He has taught on the Film course since its launch in 2001.
Mark's research interests are focused on post-war British cinema and its cultural contexts, specialising in the work of Derek Jarman. He contributed entries to the Encyclopaedia of Contemporary British Culture and has published a number of critical essays, including a co-authored analysis of Trevor Nunn's cinematic adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and two essays on Jarman’s multi-disciplinary aesthetic. Mark is currently collaborating on a new research project, Artists on Film, with colleagues from the Film course team.
Mark is passionate about his work as an educationalist. In addition to holding professional teaching qualifications, he is a registered practitioner with the Higher Education Academy and is accredited as a Higher Education teacher by the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA). He regularly participates in Higher Education learning, teaching conferences and meetings as well as contributing to the development of the learning and teaching culture at Falmouth. He has also mentored new members of staff.
Mark is also committed to community arts education and has become involved with the annual St. Ives Festival by introducing films, including Jarman’s Caravaggio. In 2005 he chaired a master class on adaptation and screenwriting with Olivia Hetreed at the Cornwall Film Festival.
Publications and research outputs
Heholt, RuthLockley, Elfrea, Douglas, Mark, Downing, Niamh and North, Laurence, (2014), Haunted Landscapes: Nature, Supernature and the Environment, Falmouth University, Penryn Campus, Cornwall