IMAGE CREDIT: Kenneth Wade Photography.
Early Life and Growing Up in Glasgow:
Francis Mark Courtney McGowan was born on 23 March 1981 at Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow, to parents Eileen Patricia Courtney and Patrick McGowan.
Described as a "fun-loving", "imaginative" and "enthusiastic young man" by teachers - he attended St Philomenas Primary School, St Rochs Secondary School and later Turnbull High School in Bishopbriggs, but following the death of his Mum at Christmas and his Father's decline into alcoholism shortly after in 1994, being bullied for being assumed "gay" added to upset and uncertainty at home, seeing him throw himself into creative projects as he prepared for college. Sofa surfing with friends and sleeping on the streets did not distract him from getting into college, where he juggled his studies, a music career and family, looking after his older brother who had special needs.
More ambitious projects were set to follow - including a number of low budget shorts, made using action figures and miniature sets built from cereal boxes, and an anti-drugs film with matte paintings on glass to achieve impressive "special effects".
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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.