Marcus Markou is a British playwright, film maker and internet entrepreneur. His play Ordinary Dreams; Or How to Survive a Meltdown with Flair was staged in May 2009 at the Trafalgar Studios with actors James Lance and Adrian Bower. Age-Sex-Location, his play about chat rooms and virtual worlds, was staged at the Riverside Studios in 2004 with actor Ed Stoppard.
Markou is also the writer and director of British feature film Papadopoulos & Sons which was completed in 2012, which features actors Stephen Dillane, Georgia Groome, Ed Stoppard, Georges Corraface and Dillane's son Frank Dillane. The film was self-distributed by Marcus Markou and went so far as beating blockbuster G.I. Joe: Retaliation during its opening week in London. This success places the film among the Top 5 self-distributed UK films in the past 15 years. It led Marcus Markou to become a speaker about the subject of self-distribution such as a Masterclass at the London Breakfast Club and a lecture at BECTU's Freelancers' Fair in 2014 about "new opportunities for distribution". The film is a subject of case studies, such as the book Selling Your Film Outside the U.S. which dedicates a large section to Marcus Markou's approach to distribution.
In 2014 Markou was nominated by the London Critics Circle Awards for Breakthrough British Filmmaker.
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- Sight and Sound Magazine. "The Numbers - Papadopoulous & Sons" (PDF). Retrieved 11 June 2014.
- The London Breakfast Club (July 2013). "Think you CAN’T write, produce, direct AND self-distribute your own feature film? Think again!". Retrieved 11 June 2014.
- BETCU (6 June 2014). "New opportunities for distribution: which one will you choose?". Retrieved 11 June 2014.
- Filmmaker Magazine (28 May 2014). "Case Studies and How Tos: Selling Your Film Abroad". Retrieved 11 June 2014.
- Hollywood Reporter (17 December 2013). "'12 Years a Slave' Leads London Critics' Circle Film Awards Nominations". Retrieved 12 February 2014.