In 2002 they founded the company as a partnership and decided that they would specialize in the integration of video with live dramatic performance. The first production was Advanced Screening, written and directed by Jennings. It premiered in October at The Dance North Theatre, Townsville. The show was commended as the most outstanding project for 2002 by the Thuringowa RADF committee.
2003 they co-wrote, directed and produced Loose Ends, a contemporary drama for adults at The Dance North Theatre. When discussing how to describe and market the the show, the term Cinematic Theatre was coined as a title for the style of live show experience they wanted to present when writing and producing Loose Ends. The show was an enthralling and emotional experience, with the integration of stage and screen captivating audiences and critics alike.
2004 Markwell Presents become a company and move to Brisbane with a new production of Advanced Screening at the Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse in May. The young audiences were captivated by the energy of the show, creating a concert atmosphere. The season was supported by Arts Queensland. In October they produced another original work, a cinematic concept performance titled 06:27 part 1 at The Loft - QUT, this production informed the writing of What Simon Said.
2004 saw the introduction of the schools program and they facilitated Artist in Residence programs with Villanova College, Somerville House, Bribie Island SHS, Whitsunday Anglican College and presented 6 workshops.
2005 was a very busy year with 4 productions of new original work starting with a new production of Blowout, a commissioned co-production with Villanova College in March, Two Parts at Metro Arts in June, a play about young people dealing with parents separation and supported by Relationships Australia, What Simon Said at The Loft in July, a 3 screen surreal romantic comedy starring David Collins of the Umbilical Brothers, and a new digitally enhanced production of Advanced Screening at the Judith Wright Centre in October.
In the schools program there were Residencies at Villanova College, Somerville House, Balmoral SHS, Whitsunday Anglican College and presented 18 workshops.
2006 the 4th production of Advanced Screening was presented out west, at the Ipswich Civic Hall in May, and then the company received their first contract to produce and operate cinematic for professional theatre, the world premiere of David Williamson's Strings Under my Fingers for La Boite Theatre Co at the Noosa Long Weekend in June. Next they designed and operated the cinematic for the futuristic Episodes for Sally McKenzie, at the Brisbane Theatre Fringe in July and at the Melbourne Fringe festival in October. In a big finish to the year produced and operated the cinematic content for sex:cubed for La Boite Theatre in November, it looked fantastic and got great reviews.
In the schools program there were Residencies at Villanova College, Somerville House, Balmoral SHS, Corinda SHS, Hervey Bay SHS, St Mary’s College, Canterbury College, and presented 7 workshops.
2007 there was a rapid growth in services and products for schools and young people and kept the company very busy applying Cinematic Theatre to 12 residency projects. During the year they worked with partner companies; providing video support for La Boite Theatre Company, co-producing an episode of the Online Soap project with Backbone Youth Arts, co-producing the film footage for Hollow Crossing with Pixelframe and Honeydew
In the schools program there were Residencies at Villanova College, Somerville House, Balmoral SHS, Corinda SHS, Brisbane Boys College, Centenary SHS, Churchie, Morayfield SHS, St Aidan’s Anglican College, Sunshine Coast Grammar, St Mary’s College, Canterbury College and presented 22 workshops in schools and universities. They presented programs Brisbane City Council’s Central Library and at Brisbane Powerhouse’s Powerkids.
2008 Markwell Presents produced a new original work Hollow Crossing in March as part of the Metro Arts Independents program, then produced and operated the cinematic for Zen Zen Zo's Sub Con Warrior 2 at the Judith Wright Centre in April and produced the cinematic for The August Moon at the Billie Brown Studio in July for the Qld Theatre Co. In November we produced for a new show for young people called Rocks In My Head in association with Villanova College.
In the schools program there were Residencies at Villanova College, Somerville House, All Hallows, Corinda SHS, Bowen SHS, Calvary Christian College, Brisbane Boys College, Ormiston College, Kepnock SHS, St Laurence’s, St Margaret’s Anglican College, Sunshine Coast Grammar, St Mary’s College, Canterbury College and presented 40 workshops in schools and universities. They presented programs at Qld Theatre Company’s Theatre Residency Week and at Brisbane Powerhouse’s Powerkids.
2009 we produced and operated the cinematic for La Boite's The White Earth in February and assisted with production of the visuals in La Boite’s Oodgeroo in July. In March they started working for ABC Classics filming and editing Electronic Press Kits and TVCommercials for their album releases.
In the schools program there were Residencies at Villanova College, Somerville House, All Hallows, St Laurence’s, Calamvale Community College, Fraser Coast Anglican College, Sunshine Coast Grammar, St Mary’s College, Canterbury College and presented 30 workshops in schools and universities. They presented programs for The Sunshine Coast Regional Council’s Shout Out Loud Festival, Qld Theatre Company at the Newcastle and Central Coast Drama Festivals, State Library of Qld's Young Writers Day Camp and at Brisbane Powerhouse’s Powerkids.
In 2010 we re-wrote, produced and directed a new Version of Advanced Screening - 2010 Y luv? in July back at the Visy and designed and installed the visual sequences for Flipside Circus' production of Alice in Wonderland also in July. In December they design and install the visuals for Music of the Unexpected for the Judith Wright Centre.
In the schools program there were Residencies at Villanova College, Somerville House, All Hallows, St Laurence’s, St Patrick's, St John Fischer, Fraser Coast Anglican College, Sunshine Coast Grammar, Terrace, St Margaret's, Calvary College and Canterbury College and presented 30 workshops in schools and universities. They presented programs for Qld Theatre Co Teacher's Masterclass and at Brisbane Powerhouse’s Powerkids.
In 2011 we produced the YAiR Project 2011 - monochrome a 1 week season at the Judith Wright Centre, produced cinematic for Motherboard for 2 creative development productions of La Voix Humane. Facilitated 2 workshops for diverse young people with Contact Inc.
In the schools program we worked with: Clayfield College, Ormiston College, Centenary SHS, St Rita's College, Somerville House, All Hallows, Villanova College, Sunshine Coast Grammar, Mt St Michael's College, Canterbury College, St Aidan's College, Calvary College and a workshop series with Morayfield SHS.
In 2012 we produced the next version the YAiR Project 2012 - 3 windows this time at Metro ARts and in the Anywhere Theatre Festival, wrote and produced The Social Me for Artslink Qld touring, produced the cinematic sequences, installed and programed the cinematic for Motherboard’s production of La Voix Humane as part of the La Boite Indie Season. Managed, facilitated and produced Writing on the Walls large scale public art project working with Sebastian Moody making video messages and projecting onto the Brisbane Square Building and the Qld Performing Arts Centre to celebrate National Youth Week for Brisbane City Council, wrote and produced Cents and Sensibility for Artslink Qld touring.
In The Schools program the have been residencies at Tamborine Mtn SHS, Ormiston College, Villanova College, Albany Creek SHS, All Hallows, Cannon Hill Anglican College, Sunshine Coast Grammar, Ipswich Grammar School, Canterbury College, St Rita's College, to support our touring shows we visited Townsville and Cairns where we presented professional development and student workshops.
in 2013 we have produced the YAiR project 2013 - Dream in collaboration with Flipside Circus, have written and produced Rats in a Cage a new play for boys in collaboration with Marist College Ashgrove.
Celebrating 10 Years of working with young people to create stories that reflect genuine themes and experiences in their lives by co-devising new performances with and for young people and by animating the theatre space fusing live performance with visual
Brad Jennings and Steven Maxwell met working together as secondary teachers where they started to produce original work. Their first theatre collaboration was in 2001 they produced Blow Out, written and directed by Jennings, stage managed by Maxwell at the Cow Shed, James Cook University.
Markwell Presents Cinematic Theatre co. is a not for profit independent producer that specialise the integration of live performance with the magic of the big screen.
To bring a new visual dynamic to live dramatic performance and inspire young people to participate in and go and see theatre.