Mark Cornish is a sound recordist with more than 25 years’ experience. During his career he has worked on multiple award-winning documentaries and feature films in Australia and extensively throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Mark has been nominated for 18 Best Sound Awards, winning four, including Best Feature Film Sound at the IF Awards in 2010 for the WWI feature Beneath Hill 60, which brought to light the remarkable untold story of the 1st Australian Tunnelling Division, whose engineering of the explosions at Messines Ridge broke the gridlocked trench warfare of the previous three years and marked a pivotal point for the Allied forces. Mark’s work on Beneath Hill 60, with all the challenges and opportunities that rain, explosions and trench warfare present a sound recordist, earned him an AFI nomination for Best Sound and the ASSG (Australian Screen Sound Guild) Award for Best Location Sound. The film also won Best Sound Design at the ASSG Awards.
In 2005 Mark began working in India when he was hired to achieve 100% sync sound on the Bollywood feature Bluffmaster shot in Mumbai, due to the fully booked schedule of lead star Abhishek Bachchan. This led to Mark working for Sooni Taraporvella (Oscar®-nominated screenwriter of Salaam Bombay) on her directorial debut Little Zizou. Following the film’s success, Mark was invited to work with Oscar®-nominated director Roland Joffe (The Mission, The Killing Fields) on his epic time travel feature The Lovers, filmed in India, Australia and the UK.
Mark’s next opportunity came when he was seconded to work on director Mira Nair’s film The Reluctant Fundamentalist starring Keifer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber and Kate Hudson and shot on the busy streets of Delhi. Mark has worked on four other films in India, Indonesia and Australia where he had to manage the complexity of recording sound involving large cast scenes, and sometimes challenging conditions including monsoon rains. He has built and developed teams in Australia and throughout Asia.
In 2014 Mark completed five feature films including the Australian leg of a US film starring Nicolas Cage for director Paul Schrader, legendary writer of Taxi Driver. He was also Sound Recordist for the horror film Fear of Darkness; Brendan Cowell’s directorial debut, the comedy drama Ruben Guthrie; Neil Armfield’s Holding the Man with an all-star cast including Guy Pearce, Geoffrey Rush and Anthony LaPaglia; and the cross-cultural comedy, unINDIAN, which stars internationally acclaimed actress Tannishtha Chatterjee along with Brett Lee in his first lead role.
Since early 2015 Mark has been back in Indonesia on the island of Batam recording a US sci-fi film. He was also nominated in 2015 for an AACTA Award for Best Documentary Sound for the ABC documentary Tender produced by Kath Shelper.
Mark participated in the IP Awareness Foundation’s anti-piracy campaign in 2015, which aims to raise awareness of the value of screen content and the impact of piracy. He and the teams he has worked hard to develop earn their livelihoods from the film industry.