MARK COLES SMITH

DEVELOPMENT PERFORMER - MAN WITH THE IRON NECK

Mark received a Best Supporting Actor AACTA nomination and a Best Supporting Actor win at the Film Critics’ Circle of Australia awards for his work in the feature film Last Cab to Darwin. He has again been nominated for Best Supporting Actor at this year’s AACTAs for his role in the Melbourne film Pawno.

Most recently Mark was seen on US TV in Hunters for the SyFy Network and on stage in Leah Purcell’s compelling reimagining of The Drover’s Wife at Belvoir St Theatre. Other screen credits include the features Around the Block and Beneath Hill 60 and the TV series Old School, The Gods of Wheat Street, Modern Family, Hard Rock Medical for Canada’s TV Ontario, Please Like Me, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Blue Heelers, Dirt Game and The Circuit. Mark’s earlier theatre credits include Jandamarra under the direction of Phil Thompson and Wulamanayuwi and Seven Pamanuas, directed by Noel Jordan for the Darwin Festival.

With a gift for storytelling, Mark worked under the guidance of Gary Crew as part of the Indigenous Mentorship Program for the Australian Society of Authors. He has a certificate in Aboriginal Theatre from WAAPA and a Bachelor in Indigenous Studies. In 2007 he won the Yvonne Cohen Award from the VCA Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and in 2008 he took out a grant from ScreenWest for his short film Layoordoo, which screened at Toronto’s ImagiNATIVE Film Festival.

In addition to his acting and writing, in recent years Mark has pursued work in the field of audio production and sound design. Most recently as the sound designer for Illbijerri Theatre’s Which Way Home as well as several short films and commercial album collaborations. He performed at Federation Square as part of the Light in Winter Festival a collection of solo musical works under the alias ‘ Kalaji.’ In 2015 Mark was awarded the Casting Guild of Australia’s inaugural Sirius Award for New Talent of the Future.

Andrew Batt-Rawden