Gillies MacKinnon

Director, Screenwriter, Cartoonist
A former art teacher and cartoonist, Gillies MacKinnon became intrigued with film and started experimenting with the medium. His work won him acceptance into the National Film School, where he first met future ... Read more »
Born: 01/08/1948 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Director (15)

Castles in the Sky 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Dizzy Heights 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Snow Goose 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Escapist 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Pure 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Tara Road 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

The Last of the Blonde Bombshells 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Hideous Kinky 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Regeneration 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Trojan Eddie 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Small Faces 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

A Simple Twist of Fate 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The Playboys 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

The Grass Arena 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Conquest of the South Pole 1988 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (2)

Tara Road 2005 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Small Faces 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (1)

Trojan Eddie 1997 (Movie)

("Just a Little More Time") (Song Performer)

Biography

A former art teacher and cartoonist, Gillies MacKinnon became intrigued with film and started experimenting with the medium. His work won him acceptance into the National Film School, where he first met future collaborator Shane Connaughton. "Passing Glory" (1986), his graduation film, also marked his first collaboration with his brother Billy, who served as producer. MacKinnon's first film given any wide release was "Conquest of the South Pole", a 1989 docudrama about unemployed Edinburgh youths who attempt to recreate Roald Amundsen's expedition to the South Pole. He followed this with two BBC telefilms, "Needle" (1990) and "The Grass Arena" (1991). The latter, based on the true story of an alcoholic ex-boxer who finds redemption as a chess champion, won MacKinnon the prestigious Michael Powell Award at the 1991 Edinburgh Film Festival.

Relationships

Billy Mackinnon Screenplay

Brother
Younger born c. 1953

EDUCATION

National Film School

1983 - 1986

Glasgow School of Art

Milestones

1995

Directed "Small Faces"; also co-wrote with brother Billy

1994

Directed first US film, "A Simple Twist of Fate"

1992

Gained international acclaim with "The Playboys"

1991

Won first real notice as a director with "The Grass Arena" (shown on BBC television)

1989

Feature film directorial debut, "Conquest of the South Pole"

1986

First collaboration with brother Billy, MacKinnon's graduation film, "Passing Glory"; Billy served as producer

Met Shane Connaughton at National Film School

Raised in Glasgow, Scotland

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