Billy Mackinnon

Screenwriter, Producer, Construction worker
A free-spirited individual who has worked as screenwriter, producer and script editor for both his brother, Gillies MacKinnon, and Jane Campion, Billy MacKinnon came into his own with the 1995 release of "Small Faces" ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1952 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Writer (3)

Brilliantlove 2010 (Movie)

(Story Editor)

Hideous Kinky 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Small Faces 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

Small Faces 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sweetie 1990 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Editor (1)

Sweetie 1990 (Movie)

script editor (Editor)
Director (1)

Hideous Kinky 1999 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Biography

A free-spirited individual who has worked as screenwriter, producer and script editor for both his brother, Gillies MacKinnon, and Jane Campion, Billy MacKinnon came into his own with the 1995 release of "Small Faces", which he produced and co-wrote with his brother. The poignant yet hearty coming of age tale of a 14-year old lad in the low-income housing projects of Glasgow in 1968, "Small Faces" won near unanimous praise and has been acknowledged as semi-autobiographical. MacKinnon and his brother had previously worked together on "Passing Glory" (1986), which served as Gillies' graduation thesis from the Glasgow School of Art.

While his older brother has gone on to make numerous other films, MacKinnon has chosen to travel throughout the world, living in Morocco, London and Sydney, Australia. While Down Under, he met and became romantically involved with New Zealand-born filmmaker Jane Campion. Billed as William MacKinnon, he served as producer and script editor on her debut feature "Sweetie" (1989). He also worked as script editor on her Oscar-winning screenplay for "The Piano" (1993), but by the time of its release, their personal relationship had ended. Additionally, he has produced two nonfiction films, Sue Clayton's "The Last Crop" and "Motherland". MacKinnon has long been developing the Christopher Isherwood memoir "My Guru and His Disciple" as a feature film.

Relationships

Jane Campion Director

Companion
Worked together on "Sweetie" (1989) and "The Piano" (1993) No longer together

Gillies MacKinnon Director

Sibling
Older, born 1948

Milestones

1995

Produced and co-wrote "Small Faces", directed by his brother

1993

Served as script editor on Campion's "The Piano"

1989

Was producer and script editor on Jane Campion's "Sweetie"

1986

Produced brother Gillies MacKinnon's award-winning student film "Passing Glory"

Moved to Australia

Raised in Scotland

Bonus Trivia

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MacKinnon is known to travel with two notebooks, one in which to record thoughts and ideas, the other for doodles and drawings.

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He has long been involved in attempting to develop a feature based on Christopher Isherwood's memoir "My Guru and His Disciple"; at one time, Jane Campion was attached to direct, but the project (as of 1997) was on hold.

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MacKinnon on being a writer and producer: "(It's) like one of those hermaphroditic worms you find at the bottom of the sea, that has sex with itself and has their own babies." --to Jayne Margetts in theiMAGAZINE at www.thei.aust.com

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"I think I'm quite interested in the dilemma of the individual. I think I'm interested in deviancy, and I don't mean criminal deviancy. It's like Christianity--and I'm not a Christian--but the symbol of the crucifix is about the invevitability of being human, and the fact that we are all different, and I'm quite interested in that friction that comes from how we are born into a reality we don't create." --MacKinnon to Jayne Margetts in the iMAGAZINE, c. 1995 (www.thei.aust.com)

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