Frank McGowan is a multi-award winning BAFTA celebrated producer/director, musician, and entrepreneur from Glasgow – CEO for BAD PONY MEDIA FILMS, co-founder of BRAW TV, and drummer for Scottish rock band ERIC AND THE BUNNY BOILERS. He is also a well-known media personality and respected TV historian, and a regular contributor to daytime television and local radio shows across the UK.
Following an accident at home aged 8 years old, young Francis (Frank) McGowan was unable to play or go outside – confined to a makeshift bedroom downstairs. Inspired to make his own home movies by the books his friends and teachers had borrowed from the library at school, a passionate exploration of the behind-the-scenes of film and television began. As his mother wheeled in the big TV from the front room, he watched countless hours of his favourite TV shows and movies – taking notes and writing scripts, with dreams that perhaps against all odds, with determination and hard work, he could one day get back on his feet, and be a real director…
“More than anything else, I wanted to get up out of that bed and make my own home movies…”
Now a multi-award winning producer, director, musician and entrepreneur, Frank McGowan has made his mark across a broad spectrum of the creative industry as one-half of the “dynamic duo” behind BAD PONY MEDIA (Business Insider Magazine’s “ONES TO WATCH”, 2010) – producing some 300+ hours of entertainment across all genres, including shows for the likes of NETFLIX, BBC SCOTLAND and new global TV channel BRAW TV – launching on the anniversary of the first ever TV broadcast by Scottish entrepreneur John Logie Baird on 2 October 1925.
Early Life and Growing Up in Glasgow:
Francis Mark Courtney McGowan was born on 23 March 1981 at Glasgow’s STOPBILL HOSPITAL. A “fun-loving”, “imaginative” and “enthusiastic young man” – he grew up in PROVANMILL – attending ST. PHILOMENA’S PRIMARY SCHOOL, ST. ROCH’S SECONDARY SCHOOL and later TURNBULL HIGH SCHOOL in BISHOPBRIGGS.
Being bullied at school for being assumed “gay” followed the sudden death of his Mum at Christmas in 1994, with his Father’s decline into alcoholism shortly after adding to upset and uncertainty at home. Throwing himself into creative projects – armed with his Dad’s best friend’s camcorder – he began making his own more professional movies about “the people and things [he] saw around him”, as a way to cope and express himself.
“Some of my first home movies were simply about the people and things I saw around me. Growing up in North Glasgow, there was always something I wanted to tell a story about. Friends, family, neighbours and even pets had starring roles…”
More ambitious projects were set to follow throughout his tumultuous college years – including low budget shorts made using action figures and miniature sets “built from cereal boxes”, music videos and an anti-drugs film with matte paintings on glass to achieve impressive “special effects”.
Success was to follow for ERIC AND THE BUNNY BOILERS 2004-2008, with the formation of “Bad Pony Productions” following in 2008. Diagnosis as a coeliac came in 2014 after a long period of illness and reflection, with the re-emergence of BAD PONY MEDIA after project hiatus as the new Bad Pony Media Films in 2016.
Current Film, TV and Creative Projects:
Projects recently announced, include controversial TV drama NINETY EIGHT PERCENT, documentary film OUR MUNSTER MEMORIES and horror feature EVENING OF THE DEAD – where he makes his Hollywood debut as writer/director and producer. Currently working on his first novel OCTOBER STORM – a book about “life growing up gay in Glasgow”, Frank lives in NORTH GLASGOW.
His hobbies include research of classic TV (as an avid film and TV historian), vintage toys, movie memorabilia and spooky houses.