IMAGE CREDIT: Kenneth Wade
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:
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.