- Iain Smith (producer)
Seven Years in Tibet" with French director
Jean Jacques Annaud] Iain Smith OBE (born 1949 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish film producer, editor and director. He is most famous for his productions of Hollywoodblockbusters such as "Seven Years in Tibet" (1997) and " The Fifth Element".
Smith has contributed to many film industry committees in the UK and is currently a Board member of the UK Film Council, Scottish Screen, the Production Guild of Great Britain and the Children's Film and Television Foundation.
He was educated in Glasgow at Willowbank Primary School, Hillhead High School and studied at Jordanhill College School leaving in 1968. He received a 1st Class Hons Diploma London School of Film Technique (1969/70).
He has been married for 35 years to Isabel Smith who is a successful physio-therapist and has three children. Ben is working as a sports journalist, Ailie, a make-up artist and Claire, who is studying English at Southampton University.
In the early 1970s, he worked as assistant editor, assistant director, production manager on numerous short films, commercials and children's feature films. He worked in London for several years before returning to his native
Scotlandto make " My Childhood" for the British Film Institute, the first of the award winning trilogy by the late Bill Douglas.
In 1976, he formed his own production company in partnership with
Jon Schorstein(Smith Schorstein Associates Ltd) and produced television commercials, documentaries, children's feature films and low budget dramas. In 1978 production managed Bertrand Tavernier's " Deathwatch" starring Romy Schneiderand Harvey Keitel. A year later he joined David Puttnamand Hugh Hudsonto make " Chariots of Fire" starring Ian Charlesonand 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 (film)The Killing Fields" starring Sam Waterstonand Haing Ngor, and Roland Joffe's "The Mission" starring Robert De Niroand Jeremy Irons. He also produced Brian Gilbert's " The Frog Prince."
In 1987 he formed
Applecross Productionsand went on to co-produce Richard Marquand's " Hearts of Fire" starring Bob Dylanand Rupert Everettfollowed by Michael Austen's " Killing Dad" starring Richard E. Grant, Denholm Elliottand Julie Walters. In 1991 he co-produced Roland Joffe's "City of Joy" starring Patrick Swayzeand Pauline Collins, and in 1992, executive produced Ridley Scott's " 1492 - Conquest of Paradise" starring Gerard Depardieuand Sigourney Weaver.
In 1994 he co-produced
Stephen Frear's "Mary Reilly" starring Julia Robertsand John Malkovich, for Tristar Pictures, followed by Luc Besson's " The Fifth Element" in 1996, which starred Bruce Willisand Gary Oldman, and was produced by his company Zaltman Films Ltd for Gaumont.
He then produced
Jean-Jacques Annaud's "Seven Years in Tibet" starring Brad Pittand David Thewlis, for Columbia Pictures, followed by Jon Amiel's "Entrapment" with Sean Conneryand Catherine Zeta-Jones, for Twentieth Century Fox.
Smith executive produced
Tony Scott's " Spy Game" for Universal Pictures which starred Robert Redfordand Brad Pitt, followed by Anthony Minghella's "Cold Mountain" for Miramaxstarring Jude Law, Nicole Kidmanand Renée Zellweger. He went on to produce Oliver Stone's "Alexander" for Intermedia starring Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkinsand Angelina Joliefollowed by producing Darren Aronofsky's " The Fountain" for New Regency/ Warner Bros.starring Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weiszand Ellen Burstyn, and Alfonso Cuarón's " Children of Men" for Strike Entertainment/Universal Pictures..
He is currently producing
Timur Bekmambetrov's " Wanted" for Universal Pictures.
He was appointed
Officer of the Order of the British Empire(OBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.
Iain Smith is a former board member of the UK Film Council, has served on the Scottish Film Council, the Scottish Film Production Fund, the Scottish Film Training Trust, and as a Governor of the National Film and Television School. He is currently Chair of the Film Skills Strategy Committee at Skillset, is Deputy Chairman of the British Film Advisory Group, a director of the Children's Film and Television Foundation, a director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival and sits on the joint board of Scottish Screen and The Scottish Arts Council in preparation for Creative Scotland.
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