Better People

For John and Natalie love at first sight is complicated.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Mark O’Brien
Producer: Shannon Hawes

Filmmaker’s statement

Mark O’Brien says:

“I strongly believe the chances we take define who we are. We can’t gain anything without risk. This is a theme I worked with very closely in this film.

Heartbreak is a terrible thing. And love is a surprising thing. The two become intertwined in this film. Love can find us at any time. It can grow through years of getting to know someone or it can bite you with one glance. It’s how we act on that loves that matters.

Fear, apprehension and indecision do nothing to aid us in our lives. They restrict us, inhibit us and sometimes guide us away from a once-in-a-lifetime chance.”

About Mark O’Brien


Mark O’Brien is an award-winning actor/filmmaker from St. John’s, Newfoundland. His career started with a large supporting role in the WWII miniseries Above and Beyond starring Richard E. Grant. The series received five Gemini nominations.

He starred in the 2010 official Sundance Film Festival selection Grown Up Movie Star which was nominated for three Genie Awards. He is one of the stars of the wrestling indie Beat Down opposite Robb Wells of The Trailer Park Boys. He also starred in TV series such as Murdoch Mysteries, The One That Got Away and Warehouse 13.

He is currently starring in the hugely successful Canadian TV series Republic of Doyle. The show, now heading into its fifth season, has been picked up in 96 countries and earned seven Gemini nominations in the past two years. For his work on the show, Mark received a Canadian Comedy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Television Series.

As a filmmaker, Mark’s short films have screened throughout the US and Canada in such festivals as The LA Shorts Fest, Montreal World Film Festival, Independent Film Festival of Boston and Studio Film Festival in Los Angeles. His short film Kathy won him the William F. White Award for Best Comedy at the 2012 Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival.

In 2012, Mark wrote, directed, edited and starred in the short film Better People, which premiered at the 2012 Montreal World Film Festival and got awards for best short film at the 2012 Atlantic Film Festival, Best Emerging Filmmaker Award at the 2013 Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival and a Platinum Remi Award for Best Short Film from the 2013 WorldFest Houston Film Festival. He also co-wrote and directed several webisodes for Republic of Doyle this past winter.

Mark has extensive theatre experience in such shows as Rope, Butler’s Marsh, Poor Superman, Until June, Autobahn, Sex; the Rules of, The Story of Bobby O’Malley and Red Noses.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English and drama from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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