See-Saw Films

See-Saw Films is a British-Australian[1] film and television production company founded in 2008 by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman.[2]

See-Saw Films
TypePrivate
IndustryMotion picture
Founded2008
FounderIain Canning
Emile Sherman
Headquarters
Key people
Iain Canning
Emile Sherman
ProductsFilm distribution
Film production
Television production
Websitesee-saw-films.com

HistoryEdit

Academy Award-winning producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman[3] co-founded See-Saw Films in 2008.[2] See-Saw Films has released a number of feature films, including six-time Academy Award nominated Lion, winner of two BAFTA Awards, starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara[4][5].

In 2011, See-Saw won the Academy Award for Best Picture for their film The King's Speech directed by Tom Hooper. The film stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter.[3]

Among See-Saw's 2018 film projects are Steve McQueen’s Widows starring Viola Davis, Liam Neeson and Michelle Rodriguez,[6][7][8] Mary Magdalene starring Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix,[5][9][10] and John Cameron Mitchell’s How To Talk To Girls At Parties starring Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman[11]

See-Saw’s first television series Top Of The Lake directed by Jane Campion and starring Elisabeth Moss and Holly Hunter was nominated for eight Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards.[12] Top Of The Lake: China Girl, also directed by Campion, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2017.[13] Starring Elisabeth Moss who reprises her role as Detective Robin Griffin, Top Of The Lake: China Girl also stars Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie.[14]

2018 saw the release of live action television series The New Legends of Monkey for Netflix, ABC Australia and TVNZ.[15] Previous TV projects include Love, Nina written by Nick Hornby, directed by S.J. Clarkson and starring Helena Bonham Carter[16] and Banished, a series for BBC written by Jimmy McGovern.[17]

On 22 September 2020, See-Saw Films launched production company Picking Scabs with Samantha Strauss, creator and screenwriter of the Fox Showcase/Sky Atlantic television series The End, which the former produced.[18]

See-Saw's film productions include Steve McQueen’s Shame starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, which received the FIPRESCI Award for Best Film at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, and also garnered the Volpi Cup Best Actor award at Venice for Fassbender,[19] director Justin Kurzel’s Palme d'Or nominated Macbeth.[20] Mr. Holmes directed by Bill Condon and starring Ian McKellen,[21] Life directed by Anton Corbin and starring Robert Pattinson[22] and Slow West starring Michael Fassbender and Kodi-Smit McPhee, which was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival 2015.[23][24]

FulcrumEdit

See-Saw, together with Sharon Menzies, established Fulcrum Media Finance in 2008 with the goal of arranging cash-flow for projects in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, Fulcrum has provided cashflow for over 150 film and television productions to date.[25]

ProductionsEdit

FilmEdit

Year Film Director Notes
2009 Linear Anton Corbijn[26]
2010 Oranges and Sunshine Jim Loach[27]
The Kings of Mykonos Peter Andrikidis[29] Nominated – AFI Readers' Choice Award[30]
The King's Speech Tom Hooper[31]
2011 Shame Steve McQueen[33]
2012 Dead Europe Tony Krawitz[35]
2013 Tracks John Curran[37]
2015 Life Anton Corbijn[39]
Macbeth Justin Kurzel[40]
Mr. Holmes Bill Condon[41]
Slow West John Maclean[42]
2016 Lion Garth Davis[43]
2017 How to Talk to Girls at Parties John Cameron Mitchell[45]
2018 Mary Magdalene Garth Davis[46]
Widows Steve McQueen[47]
2019 The Day Shall Come Chris Morris
2020 Ammonite Francis Lee Post-production
2021 The Power of the Dog Jane Campion Post-production
TBA Operation Mincemeat John Madden Post-production

In April 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, it was announced that a new film, The Unknown Man, would begin filming in South Australia as soon as enough of the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Directed by Thomas M. Wright, it will be produced by and star Joel Edgerton. Sean Harris will play the second lead role. The film was originally announced at Berlin’s European Film Market in February, and will be made by See-Saw, with support from Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation.[48][49][50][51]

TelevisionEdit

Year Show Director Writer Notes
2013 Top of the Lake Jane Campion, Garth Davis[52] Jane Campion, Gerard Lee[52] AACTA Award for Best Telefeature or Miniseries

New Zealand Film and TV Awards for Best Television Feature or Drama

Nominated – Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

Nominated – PGA Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television[53]

2015 Banished Daniel Percival, Jeffrey Walker[54] Jimmy McGovern, Shaun Duggan[54] Nominated – AACTA Award for Best Telefeature or Miniseries[55]
2016 Codes of Conduct Steve McQueen[56] Matthew Michael Carnahan[56]
Love, Nina S.J. Clarkson[57] Nick Hornby, Nina Stibbe[58]
2017 Top of the Lake: China Girl Jane Campion, Ariel Kleiman Jane Campion, Gerard Lee[52] Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
2018 The New Legends of Monkey Gerald Johnstone[59] Jacquelin Perske[59]

ReferencesEdit

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