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Iain Smith

Iain Smith was born in Glasgow in 1949 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. A year later he joined David Puttnam and Hugh Hudson to make the Academy Award-winning Chariots of Fire.

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

In 1987 Smith formed Applecross Productions and went on to co-produce Richard Marquand's Hearts of Fire starring Bob Dylan, followed by Michael Austen's Killing Dad. In 1991 he co-produced Roland Joffe's City of Joy, and in 1992, executive produced Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise.

In 1994 Smith co-produced Stephen Frears' Mary Reilly starring Julia Roberts, followed by Luc Besson's The Fifth Element starring Bruce Willis in 1996, which was produced by his company Zaltman Films Ltd for Gaumont.

He then produced Jean-Jacques Annaud's Seven Years in Tibet starring Brad Pitt for Columbia Pictures, followed by Jon Amiel's Entrapment starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones for Twentieth Century Fox.

Following this, Smith executive produced Spy Game for Beacon Communications and Universal Pictures, which starred Robert Redford and Brad Pitt and was directed by Tony Scott. He then executive produced Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain, starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellwegger. Smith will next produce Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain.

Iain Smith is a board member of the UK Film Council and also of Scottish Screen, and serves as Vice President of the Production Guild of Great Britain. He 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 Deputy Chairman of the British Film Advisory Group and is a director of the Children's Film and Television Foundation.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Iain Smith Facts

OccupationProducer
BirthdayJanuary 8, 1949 (68)
SignCapricorn
BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Not available.