Mark O’Connell is a writer, author and cultural pundit peddler. As a comedy writer he has written for a range of actors, directors and performers, sketch shows, sitcom projects, stand-up acts, promos, online shorts and the legendary Ronnie Corbett. His writing has featured on the BBC, Channel Four, Five, various Edinburgh Fringe productions and film festivals. He has worked with comedy legends Jon Plowman, John Sullivan, Paul Mendelson, and Jonathan Harvey (who Mark featured alongside in a BBC3 documentary, THE LAST LAUGH).
Mark appeared in Sky Movies BOND’S GREATEST MOMENTS, headlined a POLARI literary salon at the Southbank Centre, was a ‘BBC Comedy Apprentice’ on Jonathan Harvey’s BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE (BBC2), and appears as a pop culture guest on various BBC outlets, BBC NEWS, BBC Scotland, Yahoo Movies, Five Live, Variety, Playboy, The Times, Channel 5 News, Talk Radio, Heart FM, The Guardian and the Sunday Express. He is a warm witted punditeer, contributes to America’s prestigious OUT magazine, The Advocate, Pride Life, Beige, Sabotage Times and various film sites. In 2012 he was chosen by London 2012 to be one of the official Storytellers of the London Olympics and he has a column for OUT magazine entitled TALES FROM THE THRESHOLD about getting married in this gay and age.
His debut book CATCHING BULLETS – MEMOIRS OF A BOND FAN is published by Splendid Books. With a Foreword by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Dracula) and a Prelude by 007 producer Barbara Broccoli (“Catching Bullets is a wonderfully funny and touching memoir… Cubby would be proud”), the book is a gilded account of growing up as an eccentric film fan in the 1980s (4 stars, TOTAL FILM / 8 stars, STARBURST / “loved it”, Al Murray). CATCHING BULLETS was shortlisted for the 2013 POLARI FIRST BOOK PRIZE award.
Mark has also won the Jerwood Film Prize for SKEDADDLE (Five), the Lloyds Bank Film Challenge for Channel Four’s CARRYING DAD (“O’Connell shapes his characters with a knowing humour”, TIME OUT), one tenth of a BAFTA for The Comedy Unit’s BLOWOUT (2007) and praise from the Coen Brothers, plus a Five Star album from a local radio phone-in he has still yet to receive. A horror comedy short SAW MISGIVINGS (2013) featured successfully at various international film festivals with AIN’T IT COOL NEWS declaring “it’s a bizarre, yet funny as hell mix of twisted humor….seriously, this thing’s full of funny”. He is also now LGBT travel writing.
Mark is particularly proud to announce that his second book is now published by The History Press. A part prequel to CATCHING BULLETS, WATCHING SKIES – STAR WARS, SPIELBERG AND US is about how George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, a shark, two motherships, some gremlins, ghostbusters and a man of steel jumped a whole generation to hyperspace (“I thought I was the only person obsessed with every single thing written in this book, but fortunately for the rest of us Mark O’Connell is too.” – Mark Millar, KINGSMAN, LOGAN, KICK ASS, SUPERMAN). WATCHING SKIES has been named by THE ADVOCATE (US) as one of ‘The Best Reads of 2018.’
Mark O’Connell is represented by Vivienne Clore and David Lazenby @ Vivienne Clore.
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