Marcus Anthony Thomas

Writer / Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Film, TV & Theatre

Marcus started off his media career as co-creator of a comedy podcast which garnered around 40,000+ life time downloads, sitting around the top 100 podcasts on iTunes and featuring regularly on the homepage in the New & Noteworthy section. Registering a company named Fresh Take Media, he built up a raft of contacts within the music industry shooting music videos, creating a web series that amassed over 100,000 organic views, promotional content, red carpet interviews and festival content. His MA graduation documentary from the University of Bedfordshire, BUBZY (2015), won a notable mention award at Let’s All Be Free Festival 2016 in the Documentary category.

His next produced short film NO EXPOSURE (2018), which looks at a young videographer who films low budget music videos in order to fund himself as a carer, showed at the BFI Southbank as a part of the BIFA Accredited SOUL Film Connect and British Urban Film Festival, and led to him being selected to attend the NFTS MA Directing Fiction course from 2019, and from where he has just graduated. Most recently, Marcus was selected to be a part of the 2021 cohort of BFI NETWORK’s BAFTA crew and his thriller/horror short film, THE RETREAT, was an official selection in the New Vision section of the Oscar-qualifying Sitges International Film Festival and was released online via Short of the week.

His most recent short film, and NFTS graduation piece, CATERPILLAR (2021), has just finished a near-four-year development journey, beginning when Marcus was selected to attend the B3 Media Talent Lab in 2017 where he was given funding to develop the script. It’s due to hit the festival circuit in the coming months, while Marcus begins to focus on developing his own slate of longform film and television projects.

Short Films

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CATERPILLAR

2021

NFTS

- Graduation Film as Writer & Director
- In the aftermath of an attempt to escape modern-day slavery, a young Vietnamese boy's relationship with his overseer becomes even more complicated.

THE RETREAT

2020

NFTS

- Director
- 2020 Sitges International Film Festival: Official Selection
- 2020 Tampere Film Festival: Official Selection
- Profiled in Short of The Week

SWING

2019

NFTS

- Writer & Director
- Black comedy-drama where an elderly lady discovers her husband in a 'compromising' position in their bedroom

NO EXPOSURE

2019

- Writer & Director
- British Urban Film Festival 2019: Best Short Nominee
- Crystal Palace International Film Festival 2020: Best Short Nominee

BUBZY

2016

- Writer & Producer
- Short Music Doc that looks at music and its connection to and impact on mental health
- Let's All Be Free Film Festival 2016: Notable Mention Award