Take 5 with Zan Rowe on ABC TV – Mark Coles Smith made history as the first Indigenous actor to be nominated for a Gold Logie, for his role in Mystery Road: Origin.
However, Mark has done surprisingly few interviews about his story. Growing up in rural Western Australia and moving from town to town this actor, producer and musician has some amazing tales to tell as he shares the songs that bring him back to earth.
At one point in the interview as Zan places a David Bowie record on the player Mark reveals “Funny bit of trivia. Bowie almost became my grandfather-in-law….it was during his time in Australia, he met my grandmother, she was a beautiful young thing at Bangarra Dance Theatre in Sydney. And they had this three-month long romance.”
This episode is full of dancing, laughs, charm, heartbreak and wisdom. From being discovered at 14 to losing his best friend to suicide and the journey in his 20’s to believe in himself, Mark brings five incredible songs to soundtrack his story.
Mark sums up Take 5 beautifully “Everything that I’ve spoken about, it’s kind of the first time in a way. This is why this is such an amazing exercise to be a part of, because you’ve literally asked me about things that are deeply meaningful to me and that I care about. These are songs that kind of held chapters of my life so far, my journey.”
Production credit: Take 5 is an ABC Production. Created, Hosted and Written by Zan Rowe. Executive Producer, Nikita Agzarian. Series Producer, Josh Schmidt. Director/DOP, Aaron Smith ACS. Producers Zan Rowe, Phoebe Bennett and Tania Doumit.
ABOUT TAKE 5
Take 5 is Zan Rowe’s popular award-winning Double J radio segment and podcast turned critically acclaimed television series. Across six episodes, renowned figures in music and screen join Zan to delve into some of the most personal moments of their lives. They share five songs that have soundtracked their journey through life and invite us to think about our own.
For more Take 5 with Zan Rowe, stream S1 now on ABC iview and listen weekly to Double J on DAB+, the triple j app, or the ABC listen app.
Ep 1, Noel Gallagher: Tues 10 October, 8pm on ABC TV and ABC iview
Ep 2, Natalie Imbruglia: Tues 17 October, 8pm on ABC TV and ABC iview
Ep 3, Jimmy Barnes: Tues 24 October, 8pm on ABC TV and ABC iview
Ep 4, Mark Coles Smith: Tuesday 31 October, 8pm on ABC TV and ABC iview
Ep 5, G Flip: Tues 7 November, 8pm on ABC TV and ABC iview
Ep 6, Lin-Manuel Miranda: Tues 14 November, 8pm on ABC TV and ABC iview
Take 5 with Zan Rowe on ABC TV and ABC iview – Tuesday 31 October, 2023 at 8pm
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Take 5 with Zan Rowe on ABC TV
Take 5 is an ABC Production. Created, Hosted and Written by Zan Rowe. Executive Producer, Nikita Agzarian. Series Producer, Josh Schmidt. Director/DOP, Aaron Smith ACS. Producers Zan Rowe, Phoebe Bennett and Tania Doumit.