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An evening in conversation with Mark Herbert

Friday 16 April

Mark Herbert, the man behind Sheffield’s Warp Films and cutting-edge British films such as Dead Man’s Shoes and This is England, returned to the university from which he graduated to be interviewed by Hilary Cunliffe-Charlesworth, his former lecturer.

He explained how he had made the transition from graduate to film producer by keeping his ears open and listening to those in the know. His first job as a locations manager – on films such as Brassed Off - meant that he spent a few years driving film-makers around, giving him a good opportunity to learn from them.

He has gone on to make low-budget films that have won widespread critical acclaim; This is England was awarded the 2007 BAFTA for Best British Film. A new film with the cast of This is England, meeting the characters again some years after the original story, is in the pipeline.

Studying at Sheffield Hallam University had left him well versed in various film genres and put him in a good position when talking to some of the world’s top directors, Mark said.

The interview was interspersed with clips from Mark’s career to date. The audience was also given a taster of his latest film, Four Lions, a comedy due out on 7 May.


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