Iain Canning

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Iain Canning
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Canning in Toronto, 2016
Born (1979-07-23) 23 July 1979 (age 39)
Bristol, England

Iain Canning (born 23 July 1979) is an English 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 was also nominated for an Academy Award for Lion (2016).[3]

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

Life and career[edit]

Canning co-founded See-Saw Films with Emile Sherman in 2008[4] and has produced several major films including Lion,[3] winner of two BAFTA Awards, starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara.[5][6]

Canning won his Academy Award in 2011 for The King's Speech directed by Tom Hooper.[1] The film stars Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.[1]

Among See-Saw's 2017/2018 film projects are Mary Magdalene starring Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix,[7][6][8] John Cameron Mitchell's How to Talk to Girls at Parties starring Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman,[9] and Steve McQueen's Widows, starring Viola Davis, Liam Neeson and Michelle Rodriguez.[10][11][12]

He is openly gay, when he received an Academy Award for best picture for The King's Speech, Canning thanked his boyfriend.[13] Canning 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, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2017 [15]. Starring Elisabeth Moss who reprises her Golden Globe winning role as Detective Robin Griffin,[16] Top of the Lake: China Girl also stars Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie.[17] Other TV projects include Love, Nina written by Nick Hornby, directed by S.J. Clarkson and starring Helena Bonham Carter[18] and The New Legends Of Monkey for Netflix starring Chai Hansen.

Canning'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,[19] director Justin Kurzel's Macbeth,[20] Mr. Holmes directed by Bill Condon and starring Ian McKellen,[21] Life directed by Anton Corbijn[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] Rounding out Canning's productions are the international hits Oranges and Sunshine starring Emily Watson[25] and Tracks directed by John Curran.[26]

Prior to founding See-Saw, Canning executive-produced the award–winning films Hunger directed by McQueen[27] and Anton Corbijn's Control.[28]

Canning is a trustee of the Bristol contemporary art centre Arnolfini



Year Film Director Notes
2006 Candy Neil Armfield[29]
2007 Control Anton Corbijn[28]
2008 Hunger Steve McQueen[30]
2009 Linear Anton Corbijn[31]
Mary and Max Adam Elliot[32]
2010 Oranges and Sunshine Jim Loach[33] 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[34]
The Kings of Mykonos Peter Andrikidis[35]
The King's Speech Tom Hooper[36] 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[37]
2011 Shame Steve McQueen[38] 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[39]
2012 Anton Corbijn Inside Out Klaartje Quirijns[40]
Dead Europe Tony Krawitz[41] Nominated – AACTA Award for Best Film
Nominated – FCCA Award[42]
2013 Tracks John Curran[43] Nominated – AACTA Award for Best Film
Nominated – AFCA Award for Best Film
Nominated – FCCA Award[26]
2015 Life Anton Corbijn[44]
Macbeth Justin Kurzel[45]
Mr. Holmes Bill Condon[46]
Slow West John Maclean[47]
2016 Lion Garth Davis[48] AACTA Award for Best Film
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[49]
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Film
2017 How to Talk to Girls at Parties John Cameron Mitchell[50]
2018 Mary Magdalene Garth Davis[51]
2018 Widows Steve McQueen[52]
2019 The Day Shall Come Chris Morris Post-production


Year TV Series Director Notes
2013 Top of the Lake Jane Campion, Garth Davis[53] 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[54]

2015 Banished Daniel Percival, Jeffrey Walker[55] Nominated – AACTA Award for Best Telefeature or Miniseries[56]
2016 Codes of Conduct Steve McQueen[57]
Love, Nina SJ Clarkson[58]
2017 The New Legends of Monkey Gerard Johnstone[59] In Production

Music Videos[edit]

Year Music Video Director Notes
2013 Arcade Fire: Reflektor Anton Corbijn [60]


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