Mark Forstater is a film, TV, radio and audio producer as well as the author of six non-fiction books. His most famous film production is Monty Python and The Holy Grail, but he has also made twenty nine other films in a career that has lasted for over 40 years.

Forstater has written six books and audios on philosophy and spirituality, including his latest – I Survived A Secret Nazi Extermination Camp ,The Spiritual Teachings of Yoga, The Spiritual Teachings of The Tao, The Spiritual Teachings of  Marcus Aurelius and The Living Wisdom of Socrates. He has also produced an audio of the famous Chinese classic the Tao Te Ching, read by the late Sir Nigel Hawthorne.

Mark Forstater was born in Philadelphia, USA, and moved to England in 1964 to attend Manchester University. After graduating from Temple University, Philadelphia in 1965 he returned to the UK and has lived in London ever since. After attending the London Film School he began making films in 1969.

Mark’s interest in spiritual matters began in the early 1970s when he was introduced to the works of Confucius, Mencius, Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu. He was immediately inspired by Chinese philosophy, in particular Taoism. He is a member of the British Taoist Association, a group which aims to bring the authentic teachings of Taoism to the West.

Mark Forstater’s self-cultivation practices include meditation, yoga, tai chi, as well as massage and self-massage. He is currently researching a new book on longevity. The Age Of Anxiety is the first Guided Meditation that he has produced. Mark has been married twice, has four children and three grandchildren.

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  • 1. sonya  |  April 24, 2014 at 1:01 pm

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  • 3. Richard  |  October 13, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Hey, when’s your new book: “The 7th Python: A Twat’s Tale” out?

    • 4. markforstater  |  October 16, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      Hi Richard- November 26th

      • 5. Richard  |  October 16, 2015 at 5:37 pm

        Will it be available via Amazon?

  • 6. markforstater  |  October 16, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Yes and also signed copies on our website (when it is completed)

    • 7. Richard  |  October 16, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      Excellent stuff—I’m going to buy a copy. I saw you on the Holy Grail (40th anniversary) extras when the BBC film-night interviewed you all in the mid ’70’s making the film! When I heard your story and all the circumstances of what happened I was shocked!

      Hey, and I know you’re a busy man, but when you’re free you should check my Youtube Channel out. Link—-> https://www.youtube.com/c/MedievalRichard … I travel up and down the country in all kinds of weather documenting my trips on Castles, Manor houses, Churches, Minsters, Parks & Forests. I am indeed a Medieval/castle enthusiast.

      You might like it all or not lol… Anywho,I’m gathering quite a following at this time and if you have any filming hints or ideas you could tell me that could be great (at your request). :) An idea for now or involvement in the future who knows. (Pushing the boat out I know but hey, if you don’t, where do you get in life—You went to Italy for a film conference to why I say recently)

      Rich (MR)

      • 8. markforstater  |  October 19, 2015 at 10:25 pm

        Hi Richard

        Thanks for the note. I will check out your Youtube channel.



      • 9. Richard  |  October 21, 2015 at 10:50 am

        Thank you.

  • 10. markforstater  |  October 21, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Thanks for pre-buying the book. I know you will enjoy it. Pass the word around.


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