Mairi Sutherland has over fifteen years’ experience in programme production, working firstly a freelance radio reporter for 5 years with BBC Scotland. She developed a successful career as a documentary features writer, presenter, interviewer and editor for radio programmes broadcast on BBC Scotland and Radio 5. Then she moved onto working for BBC Scotland Television as a researcher on the national BBC network programme First Light. In 1995, Due to changes in local radio staffing she joined the independent film sector, where she gained first-hand experience working with Clan Wallace the fighting extras; technical assistance and inspiration for the Oscar winning film Braveheart. While with ‘The Clann’ she worked on the making of The Bruce starring Oliver Reed, giving her a valuable insight into the practicalities of filming on location in Scotland. This lead to further opportunities.
In March 1996 she joined Palm Tree Productions to work on publicity and marketing becoming a shareholder and co-owner. Soon she went on to co-produce and co-own more than 18 of Palm Tree Entertainments 21 films over the space of a decade in film production working with Producer Robbie Moffat.
Mairi now has an impressive 21 'behind the scenes' production credits as Producer, co-Producer, Executive Producer, Writer and Director as seen in her credits on imdb, the Hollywood Movie database. In the trilogy Celtic Warrior she made a brief departure into the front of camera with her acting role, Beith de Pict, a comedy cameo.
Included in her credits she has written 3 screenplays and directed 2 of these films. She wrote Red Rose, about the life of the poet Robert Burns, which gained several awards at Film Festivals and went on to be translated into 12 different languages across Europe by HBO. After this she wrote and directed Photoshoot a film about paparazzi stalking an ageing actress, which gained a Best Actress Festival award for the lead actor, Debbie Arnold. Her screenplay, which she also directed called 'Going Green' is a film about a family who find their house is repossessed - they up route themselves to make a new life in the Highlands of Scotland. The list of films Mairi has helped to produce are as follows - Love the One Your With, The Hawk and the Dove, The Bone Hunter, Winter Warrior, Finding Fortune, Rain Dogs, Red Rose, Axe Raiders, Cycle, Darkside of heaven, Seven Crosses, Sister's Grimm, Photoshoot, Deep Lies, Conquering Heroes (aka Beast in the Basement), Got to Run, Crab Island, Villains.
Her current project, in post -production is the documentary Private John Smith about her grandfathers life during world war one at the battle of Passchendaele, marking the commemorations of the centenary of the War in 2018.
She also runs her own company called Sans Peur Productions and is developing her own slate of films including a bio pic about the life of the Scottish documentary film maker Jenny Gilbertson.