OVERVIEW: 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
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.
Directing Cult Girls
An Evening with Mark Chopper Read TRAILER (2013)
Why Do People Hate Us? (2016, 11 mins)
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
and Short Film / Documentary:
(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.
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)
An Evening with Mark Chopper Read (2013, 70 mins, Video)
Why Do People Hate Us? (2016, 11 mins, Video)
Cult Girls (2019, 85 mins, Video)
Film" - Melbourne Underground Film Festival, Australia 2000.
Gratuitous Use Of Violence"- Melbourne Underground Film Festival,
at Lausanne Underground Film Festival- Switzerland 2001.
Why Do People Hate Us?
”Best Director" , ”Best Documentary" - The Setting Sun Short Film Festival (2016)
Official selection - St Kilda Film Festival, Punkfilmfest Berlin, Revelation Perth International Film Festival.
”Best Director” - First Hermetic International Film Festival, Italy (2020)
Official selection - Monster Fest (2019)
Cult Girls TRAILER (2017)
sees a future shock" by Adam Zwar, Herald Sun. July
your mark" by Ramon Laboto, Melbourne Tribe,
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.
Cult Girls, Mark Bakaitis interview, Glenn Cochrane, STACK Magazine JB, 2019.
Mark Bakaitis, September 2021.
Mark Bakaitis on IMDb
Mark Bakaitis on Vimeo
to Melbourne independent filmmakers index page