When I started making films I was
very much influenced by and drew parallels to the punk, hardcore
and underground music scenes.
basic idea was to pick up a camera and express yourself in a very
primal sense, without trying to mimic the Hollywood formula.
With no real
formal training in scriptwriting and directing dialogue, my films
have been very influenced by the strong visual aesthetic of the
was cyberpunk, guerrilla filmmaking in its rawest form.
into locations without permits, got hassled by junkies in the
seedy areas we shot in, used a supermarket trolley as a tracking
device and had drug dealers working as crew members.
It was a
nightmare to shoot, but when completed it was an honour to win
"Best Film" at MUFF 2000.
I started out as a filmmaker exploring gritty subject matters and used shock tactics and a guerrilla style in my work to create an impact.
Working in advertising has taught me to refine my visual aesthetic, however my personal projects continue to explore underground culture.
Early Super 8 Shorts:
(1982, 6 mins, Super-8)
Future (1987, 5 mins, Super-8)
(1987, 5 mins, Super-8)
work of Bakaitis that has a pseudo-goth feel, with an attempt
at a psycho-narrative..."- Film Threat USA.
(1989, 6 mins, Super-8)
(1992, 10 mins, Super-8/Video)
one's sure to impress the Goths in the audience.overall it seems
Bakaitis is good with rock video moodiness..." - Film
(2000, 85 mins, Video)
stomach churning violence with a highly distinctive, painstakingly
realized visual aesthetic" - Beat Magazine.
In Melbourne (2002, 40 mins, Video)
the first documentary of its kind, traces Drum and Bass down-under's
history, giving an informative insight" - IDJ Magazine
(2004, 30 mins, Video)
on DJs touring Australia.
Punk Gunk (2005, 85 mins, Video)
Missy Higgins - You Tell Me Yours I’ll Tell You Mine (2006, 70 mins, Video)
The Black Sorrows - 4 Days in Sing Sing (2009, 70 mins, Video)
The Hellfire Club (2010, 30 mins, Video)
The Last Days Of Joe Blow (2012, 85 mins, Video)
all approx 3min, 16mm/Video)
The Fauves, Bodyjar, TISM, Madison Avenue, Automatic,
Ammonia, Behind Crimson Eyes, The Black Sorrows.
Film" - Melbourne Underground Film Festival, Australia 2000.
Gratuitous Use Of Violence"- Melbourne Underground Film Festival,
at Lausanne Underground Film Festival- Switzerland 2001.
City Limits (1998), Behind Crimson Eyes-Shakedown (2006)
- ARIA Award nominations.
sees a future shock" by Adam Zwar, Herald Sun. July
your mark" by Ramon Laboto, www.melbournetribe.com
Inaugural MUFF" Beat Magazine Issue 715, July 19,
Before Pearls"; MUFF Directors by Steve Proposch, SainUnlimited
Guerrilla Filmakers Attack" by Rebecca Sutherland, Large
Magazine June 2001.
Mark Bakaitis, October 2012.
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