Walking With Elephants

  • My role in the documentary called Walking With Elephants is as Producer of some of its elements as well as co operating with the financier Red Rock Entertainment. I assisted in the research and helped set up some of the interviews about the difficulties being faced by the species. Elephants are on the decline due to threats, like poaching but also from ordinary human settlements, where they eat the food, water and crops. Often Elephants deaths are applauded by the population. How can this perception be changed so Elephants can co-exist with humans and be removed from the endangered species list? Fully Funded. COMPLETED Screened at the Cannes Film Market 2019. Available for TV, VOD in selected territories. Please see the trailer at this link https://vimeo.com/266109168?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=29220

Private John Smith, Passchendaele to Liberation 1945

This is the story of the descendants of soldiers, who were in the world war one battle of Passch‚Äčendaele. It is told through the eyes of my grandfather Private John Smith who lived through the battle, gained injuries from Mustard Gas and experienced shell shock and recovery in Craiglockhart hospital, where it is believed he met the war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. His experiences lead him to write about the war through the means of poetry, which he wrote during most of his life. Some of his poems were about the war. I uncovered my grandfathers history through the discovery of his journals and notebooks. The project marked part of the World War One commemorations in the UK, while I attended the International Commemoration in Ypres, Belgium in 2017. It continued in 2019 with new material about John's adventures in World War Two when he was working for the Home Defence department catching Nazi U boats in World War Two and the film is in post production. I am editing this project myself due to the CoVid19 restrictions and this has caused in delay in completion. I am also developing a screenplay called Liberation 1945 based on his work in World War Two. This is at an advanced research stage. I am writing semi autobiographical work because it is original and in fact is more interesting than anything I could make up.



New Projects - Sans Peur Productions

I have also started a new company called Sans Peur Productions Ltd. For it I'm developing new subjects for films. Currently to keep costs down I have opted to write some new screenplays on a variety of subjects. The first screenplay is about the Scottish documentary maker, Jenny Gilbertson, who was known for her charming films about Scottish Islanders in the 1930's and her ground breaking stories and images of the Canadian Inuit Community in the 1980's. This screenplay is completed and ready for review by it's film director Yvonne Deutchman,  Secondly I have written the first episode of a proposed 12 part TV series, on the multiple adventures of the real life character Niall of the Nine Hostages. Further to that I am also writing an  a screenplay set in 1920's Patagonia during the massacres of General Varela, based on the disappearance my real life grandfather, John A Sutherland, when he was caught up in the revolution there. I am currently writing this screenplay, with a view to going into production next year 2021.  There is also a strand of observational  documentaries in post production. This slate marks a departure from working solely and exclusively with my ex husband's company Palm Tree Universal, where I am now only a 20 percent shareholder with no significant control. In February 2020 I resigned from the main group's company Palm Tree Worldwide. All of these projects have new opportunities for investors to make  contributions and benefit from a company start up, seeking finance.