Emile Sherman

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Emile Sherman
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Emile Sherman at the Oscars, 2017

Emile Sherman is an Australian film producer. Sherman won an Academy Award for Best Picture for The King's Speech (2010)[1] and has produced other critically acclaimed films including Lion (2016), which earned him a second Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.[2] Emile also produced the Emmy Award-Winning television series Top Of The Lake (2013).[3]

Emile co-founded See-Saw Films with producing partner Iain Canning in 2008.[4] Their offices are split between Great Britain, Australia and the USA.

Life and career[edit]

Emile Sherman graduated from the University of New South Wales with degrees in arts and law, as well as a masters in arts. He co-founded See-Saw Films with UK producer Iain Canning in 2008[4] and has produced a number of prestige projects, including six-time Academy Award nominated Lion, winner of two BAFTA Awards, starring Dev Patel, Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman and Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara[2][5]. He is of Jewish descent.[6][7]

Sherman won his Academy Award in 2011 for The King’s Speech directed by Tom Hooper.[1] The multi-Academy Award-winning film stars Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.[1]

Among See-Saw's line up of 2017/2018 film projects are Mary Magdalene, starring Academy Award-nominees Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix,[8][5][9] John Cameron Mitchell's How To Talk To Girls At Parties, starring Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman,[10] and Academy Award-winner Steve McQueen's Widows, starring Academy Award-winner Viola Davis, Academy Award-nominee Liam Neeson and Michelle Rodriguez.[11][12][13]

Sherman also produced Jane Campion's Emmy Award-winning TV series Top Of The Lake which was the first project produced under See-Saw Films’ new TV Division.[14] Top Of The Lake: China Girl, also directed by Campion, was set for broadcast in 2017. Starring Elisabeth Moss who reprises her Golden Globe winning role as Detective Robin Griffin,[citation needed] Top Of The Lake: China Girl also stars Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie.[15] Sherman is currently executive producing See-Saw's live action television series The Legend of Monkey for Netflix, ABC Australia and TVNZ.[16] Previous TV projects include Love, Nina written by Nick Hornby, directed by S.J. Clarkson and starring Helena Bonham Carter[17].

Sherman's recent 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,[18] director Justin Kurzel's Palme d'Or nominated Macbeth,[19] Mr. Holmes directed by Bill Condon and starring Ian McKellen,[20] Life directed by Anton Corbijn[21] and Slow West starring Michael Fassbender and Kodi-Smit McPhee, which was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival 2015.[22][23] Rounding out Sherman's productions are Oranges And Sunshine starring Emily Watson[24] and Venice Golden Lion nominated Tracks directed by John Curran[25].

Prior to co-founding See-Saw, Sherman produced acclaimed feature films including Candy starring Heath Ledger and Geoffrey Rush,[26] Disgrace based on J.M. Coetzee's Nobel Prize winning novel[27] and, as co-executive producer, Rabbit-Proof Fence starring Kenneth Branagh and directed by Phillip Noyce[28].

In addition to his Managing Director role at See-Saw Films, Sherman is a director of Fulcrum Media Finance, a subsidiary of the company. Fulcrum Media Finance is a specialist film and television financier, providing cashflow for the Australian Producer Offset, Location and PDV Offsets as well as the New Zealand Screen Production Grant and the United Kingdom Film Tax Credit. Fulcrum has provided over $200 million in finance to film and television projects to date.[29]

Sherman is also a director of animal protection institute, Voiceless (www.voiceless.org.au)[30] and a director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival one of the world's leading international writers' festivals (www.swf.org.au/about-us).[31]



Year Film Director Notes
2000 Sample People Clinton Smith[32]
Uncle Chatzkel Rod Freedman[33]
2002 Rabbit-Proof Fence Phillip Noyce[34]
2003 Ned Abe Forsythe[35]
The Honourable Wally Norman Ted Emery[36]
The Night We Called It a Day Paul Goldman[37]
2004 Oyster Farmer Anna Reeves[38]
2006 Candy Neil Armfield[39] Nominated – AFI Award for Best Film[40]
Opal Dream Peter Cattaneo[41]
2008 $9.99 Tatia Rosenthal[42]
Disgrace Steve Jacobs[43] Nominated – FCCA Award for Best Film[44]
2009 Linear Anton Corbijn[45]
2010 Oranges and Sunshine Jim Loach[46] Nominated – AACTA Award for Best Film
Nominated – AFI Members' Choice Award
Nominated – FCCA Award for Best Film
Nominated – Inside Film Award for Best Feature Film[47]
South Solitary Shirley Barrett[48]
The Kings of Mykonos Peter Andrikidis[49] Nominated – AFI Readers' Choice Award[50]
The King's Speech Tom Hooper[51] Academy Award for Best Picture
BAFTA Award for Best Film
Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film
PGA Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture
Nominated – ACCA Award for Best Motion Picture
Nominated – Davis Award for Best Motion Picture
Nominated – EDA Award for Best Picture
Nominated – European Film Award for Best Film
Nominated – Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Film[52]
2011 Shame Steve McQueen[53] Nominated – Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Film
Nominated – European Film Award for Best Film
Nominated – Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Film[54]
2012 Dead Europe Tony Krawitz[55] Nominated – AACTA Award for Best Film
Nominated – FCCA Award[56]
2013 Tracks John Curran[57] Nominated – AACTA Award for Best Film
Nominated – AFCA Award for Best Film
Nominated – FCCA Award[58]
2015 Life Anton Corbijn[59]
Macbeth Justin Kurzel[60]
Mr. Holmes Bill Condon[61]
Slow West John Maclean[62]
2016 Lion Garth Davis[63] Nominated – Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated – AACTA International Award for Best Film
Nominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Picture
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
Nominated – Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Film
Nominated – PGA Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures[64]
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Film
2017 How to Talk to Girls at Parties John Cameron Mitchell[65]
2018 Mary Magdalene Garth Davis[66]
2018 Widows Steve McQueen[67]
2019 The Day Shall Come Chris Morris
2020 Ammonite Francis Lee
TBA Operation Mincemeat John Madden Post-production
TBA The Power of the Dog Jane Campion Post-production


Year TV Series Director Notes
2013 Top of the Lake Jane Campion, Garth Davis[68] Nominated – Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

AACTA Award for Best Telefeature or Miniseries

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

Nominated – PGA Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television[69]

2015 Banished Daniel Percival, Jeffrey Walker[70] Nominated – AACTA Award for Best Telefeature or Miniseries[71]
2016 Codes of Conduct Steve McQueen[72]
Love, Nina SJ Clarkson[73]
2017 The Legend of Monkey Gerard Johnstone[74]

Music Videos[edit]

Year Music Video Director Notes
2013 Arcade Fire: Reflektor Anton Corbijn [75]


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