UTOPIA

About

 
 

Utopia is a producer of premium factual and scripted content.

Its principals are Sue Clothier, Richard Payten and Andrew Mackie.

Utopia is based in Sydney and Hobart, Australia.


SUE CLOTHIER

Sue Clothier is one of Australia’s leading original content production executives.

In a career spanning more than two decades, Sue has produced or overseen the production of over 500 hours of original content.  Shows include the AACTA awarded Employable Me, Life on the Reef and Changing Minds, Emmy nominated Kakadu, Walkley awarded 10 Days That Shocked the Nation: Cronulla Riots, AACTA and Film Critics Award winning theatrical documentary Whiteley and environmental impact film BLUE, invited by the United Nations to screen in New York as part of the 2017 World Oceans conference.  

Previously, Sue was General Manager ScreenWorld and Head of TV Factual Production at Becker Entertainment and worked on establishing the company as a leading global producer of high-end documentary programs. She oversaw the initial development and production of the popular global science series One Step Beyond for Discovery Networks International. Before joining Becker Entertainment in (1999), Sue was the Production Supervisor of the Indigenous Unit at public broadcaster SBS.

In 2010, Sue founded Northern Pictures, a specialist factual production company based in Australia.  In 2014, David Haslingden’s RACAT Group acquired Northern Pictures.  David retained Sue as Managing Director and added management oversight of blue chip natural history producer, NHNZ.  In 2015 Sue returned to building Northern Pictures as a premium creator of high-end factual content.  Shows included, Emmy nominated Kakadu, AACTA awarded Life on the Reef and Changing Minds and the Walkley awarded 10 Days That Shocked the Nation: Cronulla Riots.

Sue also established the highly successful KIDS division, producing content for Australian and International markets - scripted and unscripted.

In 2017, Northern Pictures was acquired by Blue Ant Media (Toronto).  In 2018, Sue made the decision to leave Northern Pictures and establish Utopia Media.

Sue’s career highlights include Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst, the acclaimed feature docu-drama directed by Gillian Armstrong; Australia’s only official selection at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.   The AACTA and Film Critics Award winning theatrical documentary Whiteley and environmental impact film BLUE, invited by the United Nations to screen in New York as part of the 2017 World Oceans conference. 





RICHARD PAYTEN

Richard Payten is one of Australia’s leading film executives.

Richard Payten has worked in the independent film industry for over thirty years. As a distributor he and longtime business partner Andrew Mackie have released more than 400 films and generated over $340 million at the box office. The films they have acquired and distributed have won 9 Palme d’Ors and been nominated for 51 Academy Awards, and include Lion, The King’s Speech, Boy, Samson & Delilah, Brooklyn, The Railway Man, Super Size Me, Calvary, Shame and Carol. He is a co-founder of independent distributor Transmission Films, alongside the
Oscar-winning production company See-Saw Films (The King’s Speech, Lion, Widows) and has Executive Produced such feature films as Warwick Thornton’s acclaimed Sweet Country, Adam Elliott’s Mary & Max (Opening Night 2009 Sundance Film Festival), Candy starring Heath Ledger, an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s best-selling novel On Chesil Beach starring Saoirse Ronan, Tracks starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, and Strangerland starring Nicole Kidman.

Prior to Transmission Payten and Mackie were Joint Managing Directors of Dendy Films and The Globe Film Co. At Ronin Films Payten oversaw the release of many films including the Australian box office hit Strictly Ballroom.



ANDREW MACKIE

Andrew Mackie is one of Australia’s leading film executives.

Andrew Mackie has worked in the independent film industry for twenty-five years. As distributors he and longtime business partner Richard Payten have released more than 400 films and generated over $340 million at the box office. The films they have acquired and distributed have won 9 Palme d’Ors and been nominated for 51 Academy Awards, and include Lion, The King’s Speech, Boy, Samson & Delilah, Brooklyn, The Railway Man, Super Size Me, Calvary, Shame and Carol. He is a co-founder of independent distributor Transmission Films, alongside the
Oscar-winning production company See-Saw Films (The King’s Speech, Lion, Widows) and has Executive Produced such feature films as Warwick Thornton’s acclaimed Sweet Country, Adam Elliott’s Mary & Max (Opening Night 2009 Sundance Film Festival), Candy starring Heath Ledger, an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s best-selling novel On Chesil Beach starring Saoirse Ronan, Tracks starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, and Strangerland starring Nicole Kidman.

Prior to Transmission Payten and Mackie were Joint Managing Directors of Dendy Films and The Globe Film Co. Mackie is a current board member of the Adelaide Film Festival, Screen Canberra and Kew Media Australia.