Marcus Markou

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Marcus Markou is a British playwright,[1] film maker and internet entrepreneur.[2] 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.[3]

Markou is also the writer and director of British feature film Papadopoulos & Sons which was completed in 2012,[4] which features actors Stephen Dillane, Georgia Groome, Ed Stoppard, Georges Corraface and Dillane's son Frank Dillane.[5] 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.[6] This success places the film among the Top 5 self-distributed UK films in the past 15 years.[7] It led Marcus Markou to become a speaker about the subject of self-distribution such as a Masterclass at the London Breakfast Club[8] and a lecture at BECTU's Freelancers' Fair in 2014 about "new opportunities for distribution".[9] 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.[10]

In 2014 Markou was nominated by the London Critics Circle Awards for Breakthrough British Filmmaker.[11]


  1. ^ The British Theatre Guide. "Marcus Markou - Interview". Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  2. ^ The Telegraph (19 July 2004). "A nation of publicans". Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  3. ^ The Stage (11 March 2004). "Age Sex Location - Review". Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  4. ^ The Wimbledon Guardian (12 August 2011). "Cameras roll for film stars". Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Birmingham Mail (5 April 2013). "Graham Young talks to Brummie director of chip shop film Papadopoulos & Sons". Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Birmingham Mail. "Brum fish and chips movie Papadopoulos & Sons set for wider release after beating Hollywood blockbuster in London". Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Sight and Sound Magazine. "The Numbers - Papadopoulous & Sons" (PDF). Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ BETCU (6 June 2014). "New opportunities for distribution: which one will you choose?". Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Filmmaker Magazine (28 May 2014). "Case Studies and How Tos: Selling Your Film Abroad". Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  11. ^ Hollywood Reporter (17 December 2013). "'12 Years a Slave' Leads London Critics' Circle Film Awards Nominations". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 

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