Susan MacKinnon is a passionate advocate for the documentary industry. She has worked as an independent producer for more than 20 years, winning numerous international awards and much critical acclaim for her documentaries. Susan was attracted to this project because of the courage and appeal of the four men making the journey; she felt that sharing their stories would be an inspiration to others.
Susan’s credits include the recently completed feature documentary Paul Kelly: Stories of Me, Life In Movement, The Oasis, and In The Company Of Actors. Other films include Honey Bee Blues, Global Haywire (by Academy Award winner Bruce Petty), 4 (directed by Tim Slade), Over My Dead Body (directed by Ian Walker), Men And Their Sheds (directed by James Manche), Eternity (about the enigmatic Arthur Stace, directed by Lawrence Johnston), Somewhere Between Light And Reflection, and You Must Remember This (an expose about Alzheimer’s Disease).
Susan’s very popular short drama, Fetch, screened at over fifty festivals worldwide, including in Official Competition at the International Festival du Cannes. From 1998 to 2005, Susan was the Documentary Investment Manager at the Film Finance Corporation Australia (FFC), where she assisted filmmakers in negotiating finances for their documentaries. During this time, Susan financed over 400 productions and helped internationalise the Australian documentary industry.