Mark Jenkin

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Mark Jenkin
Born1976 (age 45–46)
Newlyn, Cornwall, England
Years active2002–present

Mark Jenkin (born 1976) is a Cornish director, editor, screenwriter, cinematographer and producer. He wrote and directed the film Bait (2019), which earned him a BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.[1]


Jenkin won the Frank Copplestone First Time Director Award at The Celtic Film & Television Festival in 2002 for his debut film Golden Burn.[2] He followed this success with documentaries, shorts and low-budget feature films including The Man Who Needed a Traffic Light, The Rabbit and The Lobsterman, a documentary on the life of Cornish playwright Nick Darke. His 2007 feature film The Midnight Drives was described by Derek Malcolm, film critic for The Evening Standard as "A moving film about parentage with an exceptional performance from Colin Holt at its centre".[3]

In 2020, Jenkin was recognised as a Cornish Bard for his work in promoting Cornwall’s heritage.[citation needed] In 2022, he created two music videos for the band the Smile.[4][5]



  1. ^ Ferguson, Emma (3 February 2020). "BAFTA for Cornish film Bait written by Mark Jenkin". Falmouth Packet. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Nighttime screening of The Midnight Drives". West Briton. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013.
  4. ^ Moore, Sam (27 January 2022). "Listen to Radiohead side project the Smile's new single 'The Smoke'". NME. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  5. ^ Minsker, Evan (17 March 2022). "The Smile share video for new song 'Skrting on the Surface'". Pitchfork. Retrieved 17 March 2022.

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