Mark Herman

Mark Herman
Andrew Adamson
Born Mark Herman
East Riding of Yorkshire,
Occupation Film Producer
Film Director
Years active 1987 - Present

Mark Herman (born 1954 in Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, England) is an English film director and screenwriter best known for writing & directing the 2008 film The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Mark Herman was educated at Woodleigh School, North Yorkshire. He was late entering the film industry. Aged 27 he was drawing cartoons at art college before becoming involved in drama when he began studying film at Leeds Polytechnic, now Leeds Metropolitan University. He then trained as an animator at the National Film School in London.

He moved away from animation and continued to study directing. He also wrote lyrics under the name "M. Henry Herman" for The Christians on the Christians' first album, The Christians, with Henry Priestman, a schoolmate from Woodleigh School, North Yorkshire.

Herman’s first feature-length project was Blame It on the Bellboy (1992), a comedy of mistaken identity starring Dudley Moore and Bryan Brown.

Next, Herman wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Brassed Off (1996), following the members of a colliery brass band, still struggling to survive a decade after the miners' strike.

In Little Voice (1998), adapted by Herman from Jim Cartwright's play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Jane Horrocks reprises the title role of a harried young woman whose only escape lies in the memory of her father and in imitating the singers he admired. This film gave Michael Caine the opportunity for his best performance to date.

Purely Belter (2000), adapted by Herman from Jonathan Tulloch's novel The Season Ticket, is the story of two teenage boys trying to get together enough money for a couple of Newcastle United F.C. season tickets. Hope Springs (2003), is an adaptation of New Cardiff.

His most recent work is the adaptation of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. It was produced by David Heyman and stars David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, Sheila Hancock and Rupert Friend. Herman directed and adapted the work.[1]

Mark Herman is a fellow of Film and Television Production, York St John University, York, England.

Jessica Winter in The Rough Guide to Film criticises Herman's fondness for "cloying" close-ups and "contrived melodramatic showdown[s]", saying of the film Purely Belter, that it "probably didn't create many new converts to Herman's partly gritty, party feel-good socialist realist strain of filmmaking."[2]



  1. ^ "On Demand This Week: Lost Boys" by Sara Vilkomerson, The New York Observer (31 March 2009).
  2. ^ Richard Armstrong, Tom Charity, Lloyd Hughes, Jessica Winter, The rough guide to film, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, 2007, p.222.
  3. ^ Awards at IMDb

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