Honorary Doctorate - 1988
As Chief Executive Officer of Sheffield-based Warp Films, Mark Herbert has produced some of the UK’s most acclaimed films of recent years, including This is England, Dead Man's Shoes and Four Lions. His work has found success internationally and he has inspired the confidence of highly creative directors working at the cutting edge of film.
Mark hails from South Yorkshire and is a Sheffield Hallam film graduate. Part-time work with the Screen Commission in the mid-1990s led to his meeting film producer Steve Abbot and director Mark Herman who employed him as an assistant location manager for the film Brassed Off, then main location manager for Little Voice.
Mark then set up a film company in Sheffield and he produced the first series of Phoenix Nights for TV with comedian Peter Kay.
After the death of his close friend and mentor Rob Mitchell, the co-founder of Warp Records, Mark took newly formed Warp films into the world of production. His first film, My Wrongs, directed by Chris Morris, won the 2003 BAFTA for Best British Short Film and Head of Warp, Steve Beckett offered Mark the chance to run and co-own Warp Films.
He secured funding for his first feature with director Shane Meadows, Dead Man’s Shoes, which was nominated for a BAFTA. Their next collaboration, This is England won the BAFTA for Best British Film, along with Best Film at the British Independent Film Awards and a Special Jury Prize at the Rome Film Festival.
Warp's recently broadcast TV drama, This is England ’86, has already received widespread critical acclaim and the feature Four Lions, released earlier this year was shortlisted Sundance's World Cinema Narrative Prize and went on to become Warp's biggest UK box office hit.
Mark’s has numerous other film credits and has featured in the top ten of the Observer’s Courvoisier Future 500, which lists people who are instrumental in shaping the future of Britain.