Iain Canning

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Iain Canning
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Born (1979-07-23) 23 July 1979 (age 37)
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Nationality British

Iain Canning (born 23 July 1979) is a British film producer best known for producing The King's Speech (2010), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Picture,[1] and the BAFTA awards for Best Film and Best British Film.[2] He co-founded See-Saw Films with producing partner Emile Sherman in 2008.[3] Their offices are split between Australia and the UK.


Prior to founding See-Saw, Canning executive-produced the award-winning films Hunger and Control. Hunger, Steve McQueen's debut feature that recreated the final weeks of Irish Republican Bobby Sands, won the Caméra d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival[4] and the BAFTA Carl Foreman Award.[5] Control, the story of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, also earned a Special Mention Caméra d'Or at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival[6] and won a BAFTA Carl Foreman Award the same year.[7] Since founding See-Saw in 2008, Canning has produced Tom Hooper's Academy Award winning The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter and Jim Loach's Oranges and Sunshine starring Emily Watson and Hugo Weaving.

Shame, starring Carey Mulligan and Michael Fassbender, and directed by British filmmaker/artist Steve McQueen completed principal photography in March 2011 and will be released in the UK by Momentum on 13 January 2012,[8] it was acquired by Fox Searchlight for US release,[9] in late 2011. Shame premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where Fassbender also picked up the Best Actor Prize.[10] Shame was in official competition at the Telluride Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, New York Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival, Zurich Film Festival and London Film Festival.

Canning and Sherman were listed in the "MediaGuardian 100 2011" and "have joined the industry big league" on the strength of, primarily, the success of The King's Speech.[11]

Another See-Saw's project, Jane Campion's 6 part television series Top of the Lake, premiered in 2013. Canning is the executive producer of Banished, which will first broadcast in 2015.


Year Film Director Notes
2010 Oranges and Sunshine Jim Loach 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
The King's Speech Tom Hooper 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 — EDA Award for Best Picture
Nominated — ACCA Award for Best Motion Picture
Nominated — Davis Award for Best Motion Picture
Nominated — European Film Award for Best Film
Nominated — Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Film
2011 Shame Steve McQueen Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Film
Nominated — Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film
Nominated — European Film Award for Best Film
Nominated — Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Film
2015 Mr. Holmes Bill Condon
Slow West John Maclean
Macbeth Justin Kurzel
2016 How to Talk to Girls at Parties John Cameron Mitchell
Lion Garth Davis


  1. ^ "Winners for the 83rd Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  2. ^ "Film Awards Winners in 2011". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 2011-02-13. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  3. ^ "See Saw Films". See Saw Films. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  4. ^ "Hunger wins Camera d'Or at Cannes". Film4. 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-04-06. 
  5. ^ "Steve McQueen - Carl Foreman Award Winner in 2009". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  6. ^ "Camera d'Or: "Meduzot" (Jellyfish) by Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen". The Daily 2007. Cannes Film Festival. 2007-05-28. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  7. ^ "Matt Greenhalgh - Carl Foreman Award in 2008". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 2011-12-23. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  8. ^ de Semlyen, Phil (2011-08-03). "Exclusive: Shame Gets A UK Release Date". Empire. London. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  9. ^ Stone, Sasha (2011-09-09). "Fox Searchlight Acquires Shame, One of 2011's Best Films". AwardsDaily. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  10. ^ Nikkhah, Roya (2011-09-10). "Michael Fassbender wins best actor at Venice for sex-addict role". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  11. ^ "MediaGuardian 100 2011: 90. Iain Canning and Emile Sherman". The Guardian. 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 

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