See-Saw Films

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See-Saw Films
Industry Motion picture
Founded 2008
Founder Iain Canning
Emile Sherman
Headquarters London, UK
Sydney, NSW
Key people
Iain Canning
Emile Sherman
Products Film distribution
Film production
Television production

See-Saw Films is an independent film production company founded in 2008 by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman. See-Saw operates out of both London and Sydney.[1]


In 2010, See-Saw produced the multi-Academy Award®-winning 'The King's Speech by Tom Hooper,[1] starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter; following this with Steve McQueen's award-winning[2] "Shame", starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan and "Tracks" by John Curran starring Mia Wasikowska, which premiered in competition at the 70th Venice Film Festival in 2013.[3] See-Saw’s first television series, Jane Campion’s "Top of the Lake", starring Elisabeth Moss and Holly Hunter was nominated for eight Emmy Awards[4] and two Golden Globe Awards.[5]

See-Saw’s recent productions include Macbeth by Justin Kurzel starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard; "Life" by Anton Corbijn starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan; "Slow West" by John Maclean starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and Michael Fassbender; and "Mr. Holmes" by Bill Condon starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney.[6]

See-Saw was co-founded by Richard Payten and Andrew Mackie of sister company Transmission Films, an Australian/New Zealand distributor.[7] Individually, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman have long worked with the Transmission principals and were brought together under the See-Saw banner when both companies were co-created.[8][9]

Canning (who also executive produced Corbijn's Control (2007) about Joy Division singer Ian Curtis), and Sherman were listed in the "MediaGuardian 100 2011" and "have joined the industry big league" [10]


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 enabled the financing of multiple projects, including: Under the Mountain, Animal Kingdom and Triangle.[citation needed]



Year Film Director Other notes
2011 The King's Speech Tom Hooper
Oranges and Sunshine Jim Loach
2012 Shame Steve McQueen
Dead Europe Tony Krawitz
2014 Tracks John Curran
2015 Macbeth Justin Kurzel
Life Anton Corbijn
Mr. Holmes Bill Condon
Slow West John Maclean
2016 Lion Garth Davis
2017 How to Talk to Girls at Parties John Cameron Mitchell
2017 Mary Magdalene Garth Davis


Year Show Director(s) Writer(s) Other notes
2013 Top of the Lake Jane Campion, Garth Davis Jane Campion, Gerard Lee
2016 Love Nina S.J. Clarkson Nick Hornby
2017 Top of the Lake Series 2 Jane Campion, Ariel Kleiman Jane Campion, Gerard Lee
2018 The Legend of Monkey Gerard Johnstone, Craig Irvin Jacquelin Perske, Craig Irvin, Samantha Strauss


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