Producer/director, drummer, entrepreneur and "tv geek"!

Frank McGowan - Official Website & Blog

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Biography:

Following an accident at home aged 8 years old, young Francis (Frank) McGowan was unable to play or go outside - confined to a makeshift bed downstairs. Inspired to make his own home movies by the books his friends and teachers had borrowed from the library at school, a passionate exploration of the behind the scenes of film and television began. As his mother wheeled in the big TV from the front room, he watched countless hours of his favourite TV shows and movies - taking notes and writing scripts, with dreams that perhaps against all odds, with determination and hard work, he could one day get back on his feet, and be a real director...

Now a multi-award winning producer, director, musician and entrepreneur, Frank McGowan has made his mark across a broad spectrum of the creative industry as one-half of the “dynamic duo” behind BAD PONY MEDIA (Business Insider Magazine "ONES TO WATCH" 2010),  producing some 300+ hours of entertainment across all genres, including pilots for the likes of NETFLIX, BBC SCOTLAND and new global TV channel BRAW TV

Early Life and Growing Up in Glasgow:

Francis Mark Courtney McGowan was born on 23 March 1981 at Glasgow's STOPBILL HOSPITAL.  A "fun-loving", "imaginative" and "enthusiastic young man" - he grew up in PROVANMILL in the North of Glasgow, attending ST. PHILOMENA'S PRIMARY SCHOOL,  ST. ROCH'S SECONDARY SCHOOL and later TURNBULL HIGH SCHOOL in BISHOPBRIGGS.


Being bullied at school for being assumed "gay" following the death of his Mum at Christmas in 1994 and his Father's decline into alcoholism shortly after, added to upset and uncertainty at home - and throwing himself fully into creative projects armed with his Dad's best friend's camcorder, he began making his own more professional movies about "the people and things he saw around him" – typically featuring "friends, family, neighbours and even pets in starring roles".  More ambitious projects were set to follow throughout his tumultuous college years - including low budget shorts made using action figures and miniature sets built from cereal boxes, music videos and an anti-drugs film with matte paintings on glass to achieve impressive "special effects"


Success was to follow for ERIC AND THE BUNNY BOILERS 2004-2008, with the formation of "Bad Pony Productions" in 2008. Diagnosis as a coeliac followed health problems 2014 - 2015, with the re-emergence of BAD PONY MEDIA after project hiatus as the new Bad Pony Media Films in 2016.

Current Film, TV and Creative Projects:

Projects recently announced include controversial TV drama NINETY EIGHT PERCENT, documentary film OUR MUNSTER MEMORIES and horror feature EVENING OF THE DEAD where he Frank makes his Hollywood debut as writer/director and producer.  

Currently working on his first novel OCTOBER STORM – a book about “life growing up gay in Glasgow”, Frank lives in GLASGOW with his older brother ALAN and best friend and fellow creative MICHELLE MARTINHis hobbies include research of classic TV (as an avid film and TV historian), vintage toys, movie memorabilia and spooky houses.

ERIC AND THE BUNNY BOILERS announced their return to the UK music scene in December, with the launch of BRAW TV on the anniversary of the first ever TV broadcast October 2, 1925 by Scottish entrepreneur JOHN LOGIE BAIRD.

IMAGES CREDITS:  (left to right) The Scottish Sun Variety Awards 2012/Bad Pony Media, Geo Wright/Eric and the Bunny Boilers and Karen Gordon Photography. 

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