STUART SUTHERLAND: CEO
Stuart is currently Producing BORN A KING which is now in Post Production. With a budget of over €18m, BORN A KING is directed by Agustí Villaronga (winner of nine Goya awards, including Best Film in 2010 for ‘Pa negre’, which was selected by the Academy to represent Spain at the Oscars) and boasts a strong cast, led by Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones, Deadpool), Hermione Corfield (Mr. Holmes), Laurence Fox (Elizabeth: The Golden Age), Kenneth Cranham (Maleficent) and James Fleet (Sense and Sensibility, Four Weddings and a Funeral). The film is an extraordinary true story set in 1919. A coming-of-age story about 14 year old Faisal, an Arab prince who is dispatched from the deserts of Arabia to London by his warrior father, Prince Abd Al-Aziz, on a high stakes diplomatic mission to secure the formation of his country.
Stuart has been running Celtic Entertainment since 2008. Celtic is one of the leading UK film and drama producers having produced amongst others numerous award winning shows such as THE SAINT, the multi award winning SHARPE TV series starring Sean Bean and the Emmy award winning HORNBLOWER TV series.
Stuart Produced his first feature in 2001 a romantic comedy, GIRL FROM RIO, starring Hugh Laurie and Spanish star Santiago Segura which won Best International Film at the Hollywood Film festival.
Stuart then went on to Executive Producer the return of one of the UK’s best loved TV franchises, SHARPE, which resulted in the SHARPE’S CHALLENGE 2006 mini-series and the SHARPE’S PERIL mini-series in 2008 which were both shot on location in India. The average audience of both series was over 7 million viewers.
In 2010/11 Stuart served as Executive Producer on a number of films including A LONG WEEKEND, The COURIER starring Mickey Rourke and BAIT a shark thriller set in Australia which went on to become one of the 20 highest grossing movies in China of that year.
In 2013, through Celtic, Stuart provided the production services for Russia’s legendary director, Vladimir Bortko’s $15m spy thriller SOUL OF A SPY. In the same year Stuart set up the production company Celtic Films India to service international productions shooting there. This resulted in Stuart Co-Producing the renowned Russian director Peter Buslov’s “RODINA” in 2014. Shot in Goa.
In 2015 Stuart was also the Line Producer for Spain for the Universal Studios produced EMERALD CITY directed by Tarsem. EMERALD CITY is a big budget reworking of legendary Wizard Of Oz novels which aired on NBC in 2017.
Aside from his film and TV work Stuart has produced numerous TV commercials incluing such clients as Gatorade (Alexis Sanchez), Suzuki, Uludag soft drinks, Ziraat Bank, Carlton Luggage, UTI bank, Vogue and numerous other brands.
Stuart is also a voting BAFTA member and holds a BA (honours) degree from The European Business School (London) in International Business Administration, and has undertaken extension courses in Film Finance and Producing for Television at UCLA.