PRODUCTION DESIGNER MIKE FOWLIE has an impressive roster of more than 60 films, many of which are classics in the annals of filmmaking. Journey to Mecca marks Fowlie's 14th film in Morocco where he previously worked on such productions as The Hills Have Eyes II, The Ten Commandments, The Walk, In the Beginning, The Seventh Scroll, The Legionnaire, Kundun and Shaka the Citadel.
He has been in the entertainment industry since 1961, beginning his career on Lawrence of Arabia. After serving in the military between 1962 to 1967, he returned to work mainly as property master on such prominent feature films shot in Europe including Moll Flanders, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Marriage of Figaro, and Barry Lyndon. Additional credits include Oliver Twist, Charge of the Light Brigade, Oliver Cromwell, 101 Dalmatians, Touch of Class, Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, Pandemonium and Tomb Raider 2.
He traveled to South Africa in 1974 to work on Shout at the Devil, and stayed for 18 years to work on such productions as Red Scorpion, Jungle Paradise, Shaka Zulu, and Runaway Melody. He spent three years in Australia where he worked on Sky Pirate, Hostage, Bush Christmas and The Wild Duck.
Most recently, Fowlie was the production designer on Jump!, a psychological drama about the 1928 unjust murder trial of the noted photographer, Philippe Halsman, starring Ben Silverstone, Patrick Swayze and Martine McCutcheon, directed by Joshua Sinclair. He also designed the thriller Burnout, starring Julie Stern, Patti Smart and James Manners, centered on an investigation of radioactive bodies, directed by James Allen.
Fowlie art directed Master of Dragonard Hill, an adventure drama starring Oliver Reed, Eartha Kitt and Herbert Lom, directed by Gérard Kikoine with whom Fowlie also worked on the dramatic period picture, Dragonard, with the same cast.
Born in London to a "showbiz" family, Fowlie learnt his profession at a young age from his father, brother and uncle, all of whom were all property masters. His mother was a hair stylist. Fowlie became the youngest property master ever at age 30 when he followed in his father's footsteps on Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon.
Fowlie maintains residences in Aylesbury near Oxford in the UK and Ouarzazate in Morocco, commuting between the two. He is fluent in Arabic and Berber.
Director/Co-Screenwriter: Bruce Neibaur