Iain Smith OBE
World Class Producer from Glasgow

Creative Wednesdays


Iain Smith was born in Glasgow and graduated from the London Film School in 1971. He worked in London for several years before returning to his native Scotland to make “My Childhood”, for the British Film Institute, the first of the award winning trilogy by the late Bill Douglas.

He formed his own production company in partnership with Jon Schorstein and produced television commercials, documentaries, children’s feature films and low budget dramas, and in 1978 production managed Bertrand Tavernier’s “Deathwatch” starring Romy Schneider and Harvey Keitel. A year later he joined David Puttnam and Hugh Hudson to make “Chariots of Fire” starring Ian Charleson and Ben Cross.

He went on to line produce a variety of films for David Puttnam including Bill Forsyth’s “Local Hero” starring Burt Lancaster and Peter Riegert, Roland Joffe’s “The Killing Fields” starring Sam Waterston and Haing Ngor, and Roland Joffe’s “The Mission” starring Robert de Niro and Jeremy Irons. He also produced Brian Gilbert’s “The Frog Prince”.

More recently, he executive produced Tony Scott’s “Spy Game” for Universal Pictures, followed by Anthony Minghella’s “Cold Mountain” for Miramax. He went on to produce Oliver Stone’s “Alexander” for Intermedia starring Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins and Angelina Jolie followed by producing Darren Aronofsky’s “The Fountain” for New Regency/Warner Bros. starring Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz and Ellen Burstyn, and Alfonso Cuaron’s “Children of Men” for Strike Entertainment/Universal Pictures, and Timur Bekmambetrov’s “Wanted” for Universal Pictures. His most recent production “Mad Max: Fury Road has won a plethora of awards: he also line produced the high end television series, “24: Live Another Day” which was set in London.


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