Team M&M are husband and wife production team Mark Prebble and Marion Shortt. We met in New Zealand in 2004 and soon started creating work together.
Since then we have produced many short films, mostly comedy, which can be seen on the "Videos" page. While living in Edinburgh from 2008 - 2011 we produced the successful play In Transit and created The Pantry Shelf for Edinburgh Fringe 2010.
We moved back to New Zealand and staged a new production of The Pantry Shelf at Auckland's Basement Theatre in August 2012. The script was nominated for Best New Zealand Play at the SWANZ Awards, organised by the New Zealand Writers Guild. The Pantry Shelf won the Hackman Award for Best Costume. In 2013 we premiered the full-length version of The Guilt Sniffer at The Basement for The Auckland Fringe Festival. The script was also nominated for Best New Zealand Play at the 2013 SWANZ Awards.
Since our return to NZ we've also created Conversations with James McAvoy (In My Head) for Tom Sainsbury's 2011 Monologues, Robot's Get It On with Martin Horspool for Stranger Things 4 and a ten minute version of The Guilt Sniffer for Short+Sweet 2012.
Mark Prebble - Writer/Director
In 1997 Mark won the NZ Young Playwright Competition and twice represented New Zealand at Interplay World Festival of Young Playwrights in Australia. Cabin Fever (writer & director) was a hit for BATS in the 2000 Fringe Festival. Rocketman (director only) was performed at BATS, Carter Observatory and three provincial NZ festivals in 2002.
In 2005 Mark completed the self-funded comedy feature Futile Attraction. Post-production of Futile Attraction was funded through his website Make Mark’s Movie.com (now offline) which allowed people around the world to make online contributions and get their names in the credits. Futile Attraction was the first film completed using this method, pre-dating crowdfunding websites and Facebook.
In 2007 he was Filmmaker in Residence at Massey University and for three years was Vice President of the New Zealand Writers Guild. In the UK he directed/co-wrote the plays In Transit and The Pantry Shelf and numerous short films as half of Team M&M. He was also a regular contributor to BBC Radio 7’s sketch comedy show Newsjack with Miles Jupp.
Most recently in New Zealand he was a contributing writer to TV1's Best Bits with Te Radar.
Marion Shortt - Writer/Actress
Marion graduated from New Zealand’s Unitec Performing Arts School in 2003. Acting highlights have been Tom Sainsbury's The Mall and Caustic, Auckland Playwrights’ Collective Motel Nights, SmackBang Theatre’s K Rd Project and a guest role in The Jacquie Brown Diaries.
In the UK she performed at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe in Taming of the Shrew and To Yourself Be True. Marion produced, script edited and acted in the devised ensemble drama In Transit. She then returned to the 2010 Fringe co-writing, producing and performing in The Pantry Shelf. In 2011 Marion studied clown at Philipe Gaulier’s summer school in Paris.
As well as theatre she has acted in numerous Scottish short films; Champagne Cigarettes and LOL, Mr Scott and The Guilt Sniffer which won several awards at the Edinburgh 48 Hour Film Competition 2009.
Since returning to New Zealand Marion has collaborated with robot sculptor Martin Horspool for Stranger Things 4. She co-wrote Conversations With James MacAvoy (In My Head), which was performed in The 2011 Monologues, directed by Thomas Sainsbury.
As half of Team M&M she co-wrote and performed in short films The Last Munnday, Snowdancing, The Wilkinson Test and Ambulance Chasers, a semi-finalist in American viral filmmaking competition - Filmaka.com.
She is also a member of dance-comedy group Dynamotion featuring in their hit shows Terror Planet and Purple Rainbow.