Mark Blaney

Mark Blaney

Mark Blaney


Co-founder and joint Managing Director of Footprint Films, Mark has worked in film and television as a producer since 1993, having trained at the Bournemouth Filmschool in the UK.

In 2005, Mark joined forces with fellow producer Jackie Sheppard which led to the highly acclaimed feature, Africa United. Their 2020 release, Escape from Pretoria, shot on location in Adelaide and starring Daniel Radcliffe & Daniel Webber, was produced by Footprint, David Barron’s BeaglePug and Arclight Films.

Establishing Footprint in 1994 with fellow founders Simon Beaufoy, Bille Eltringham and Juliet Wills, Mark’s first feature producing credit was The Darkest Light (Pathé, BBC Films).

Other early producer credits included the award winning drama-short Yellow, BBC 40 Minutes’ Shattered Dream (BBC Television), DV feature This Is Not A Love Song, real-life drama Wanted, and micro-budget feature Everyone’s Happy.

The highlights of the first 30 years include working with film makers in Rwanda & Burundi (Africa United) and Kurdistan (with Kurdish filmmaker Kae Bahar, producing Footprint/Joka Films’ drama-short I Am Sami), travelling to some far-flung places Mark never imagined he’d see, and being trusted by extraordinary people to share their real-life stories with the world. What a privilege!

Mark is married to Steph and they have 3 teenage children.