Mark Molloy grew up on a farm in the Australian outback. Tired of being one of three Molloys on his football team, Mark took the plunge after graduation and moved to Melbourne where he earned a degree in graphic design. After graduation he worked as a senior designer at the internationally acclaimed Why Not Associates in London from 1996 to 2001. Molloy’s directing career began there with spots for Nike, Virgin Records, and the BBC.
In 2001, Molloy returned to Australia where he quickly began crafting extraordinary images. His visual style, coupled with his viscerally engaging sensibilities, distinguish his voice as a director and can be seen in his award winning Black Balloons spot for the Australian Sustainable Community for George Patterson / Y&R. Black Balloons was shortlisted at the 2007 Cannes Lions. Molloy followed with the beautiful Ford Road Not Taken and Strongbow Summer Blossom, both for Clemenger BBDO, as well as a Verizon campaign for McGarryBowen.
In 2012, Molloy directed the nostalgic Volkswagen Memories commercial that proves the stories he tells stick with you. The spot garnered him two Bronze Film Craft Cannes Lions for Direction and Editing. The same year Molloy directed an emotionally charged Toyota campaign for Saatchi & Saatchi / LA, for which he received another Bronze Film Craft Cannes Lion, this time for Cinematography. He followed with the visually stunning and epic “The Coast” for Dulux, that captures the poetic beauty of the Australian coastline. “The Coast” earned Molloy a Silver Best Cinematography at the New York Festivals International Advertising Award in 2013.
Molloy directed an Arla campaign with Wieden + Kennedy / London, which introduced the new brand platform of Natural Goodness with the line: Let in the Goodness. His inspiring film for Samsung titled Every Day Is Day One with 72andSunny Amsterdam, is emotionally captivating, as is his spot for Qantas, which explores themes of family and finding your way home. The spot won in several categories at the 2015 Cannes awards.
Comfortable with real people, documentary style, or highly stylized visual pieces, Molloy continues to create striking and memorable global stories.