Macrae at Chatham House in 2013
|Occupation||Journalist, film maker and writer|
Callum Macrae is an award-winning film maker, writer and journalist currently with Outsider Television, which he had co-founded with Alex Sutherland in 1993. He lives in England.
Callum Macrae grew up in Nigeria and Scotland. He studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art for five years, was a dustman for two years, ran a pirate radio station for six months and was a teacher for seven years. He was a member of the Official Edinburgh Festival’s governing Council and President of Edinburgh and District Trades Council.
For two years he produced a weekly satirical cartoon strip for the Times Educational Supplement. He then became a full-time writer working initially for a variety of newspapers and magazines including The Scotsman, The Herald and The Guardian. He joined The Observer as Scottish correspondent, where he stayed for three years winning the Campaigning Journalist of the Year award in 1992.
In 1992, he moved into television, presenting and reporting on Channel 4's weekly magazine programs Hard News, and investigative legal series The Brief. With Alex Sutherland, he co-founded Outsider Television in 1993. Outsider Television went on to produce several documentaries for various television channels, including Dispatches, Enemies Within and Sri Lanka's Killing Fields for Channel 4, Witness and People in Power for Al Jazeera and Panorama for the BBC. Sri Lanka's Killing Fields won the Current Affairs - International category of the Royal Television Society's Television Journalism Awards 2010/2011, won two One World Media Awards and earned a BAFTA TV Award nomination.
Several of his documentaries were investigations on war crimes.
- Unreported World (2003) (Directed and filmed) - on the Civil war in Uganda
- A Day of War (War coverage) - Covered the war in Northern Uganda for BBC. Filmed a massacre on the Sudan/Uganda border.
- Iraq's Mission Billions (2006) - On the Coalition's alleged misuse of billions of Iraqi fund during the Iraq War.
- On Whose Orders - A Panorama series investigation on the allegations of unlawful killings in Iraq by the British troops.
- Sri Lanka's Killing Fields - On the war crimes in the final stages of the Sri Lankan War in 2009.
- Sri Lanka's Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished - Follow up to Sri Lanka's Killing Fields
- No Fire Zone : In the Killing Fields of Sri Lanka (2013)
Apart from war documentaries, he has directed documentaries on other subjects such as on sex workers and child wedding practice among Romani people in Romania.