Morag McKinnon has already made several commercials, a music video
and four short films, including the award-winning ’home’ for the Film
Four Short & Curlies strand. But she is endearingly down-to-earth,
describing herself before quitting sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art
for a film and television course as ’a bit mousey, not the extrovert
type’. Indeed, she is about as far from the cliched egotistical auteur
as I can imagine.
Her early extended short film ’3’, which McKinnon claims was too
ambitious, boasted impressive imagery. The Edinburgh Film Festival
director Mark Cousins described it as ’a visual treat’. More recently
fellow Scot Lynne Ramsay, the director of the acclaimed Ratcatcher,
voted McKinnon a face to watch in 2000. She was signed to the London
production company New Directions.
’Home’ won the 1999 Bafta for best short film and tells the tale of a
council housing inspector skillfully interlacing realism with symbolism.
McKinnon considers this her breakthrough work: ’I had the chance to
direct and time to rehearse with the actors and something just
Her recent Capital Radio campaign brought us real people humorously
hanging on Chris Tarrant’s every word, while a branding campaign for BBC
Scotland depicted families and individuals engrossed watching
McKinnon is keen to further her commercials work and direct music
A sequel to ’home’ is planned and she has been commissioned to write and
direct a feature film. Career wise, in her own words, she is ’up for