Louis Sutherland grew up on the Kapiti Coast. He worked on Cable Television before studying at Toi Whakaari (The New Zealand Drama School).  He encouraged Mark Albiston to work with him on his drama school, end of course, short film. They had to fit 26 actors into 15 minutes of film, all needed a moment for their reel. The next two films were based on each of their lives respectively growing up on the Kapiti Coast. - Run and The Six Dollar Fifty Man.

Louis was co-recipient of an Arts Foundation New Generation Award in 2010 with Mark Albiston.  Their film the Six Dollar Fifty Man is the third short film that the pair has officially co-directed.

Mark and Louis grew up together in the small Raumati Beach settlement, just north of Wellington. They began working together for a cable TV network. Louis then went to drama school and Mark went to film school where they developed their skills in production and performance. The two have now worked together in the industry for over 15 years.

Mark and Louis are currently writing their feature screenplay Shopping.


Shopping, the first feature film by writing and directing team Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland, won the Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International section at the Berlin Film Festival. Opening NZ 30 May 2013
Louis Sutherland (film maker) features with fellow recipient Mark Albiston on the TVNZ 7 broadcast of The Artists, produced in partnership with the Arts Foundation.
Born Wellington, New Zealand
Acted in TV series The Strip
Graduated from Toi Whakaari (as a mature student)
Acted in feature film King Kong (Venture Crew)
Acted in TV series Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby (Hone Hakanui)
Acted in TV series The Insiders Guide to Love and feature film Black Sheep;Co Director and Writer for short film Run
Co-Director and Writer for TV series The Gravy Man
Co-Director and writer, and actor - short film The Six Dollar Fifty Man

Cannes Film Festival Honorable Mention Winner - Short Film Run
Qantas Film and Television Awards - Best Information/Lifestyle Programme - The Gravy Series 1;2008 Run, Golden Horseman Audience Award; 20th Filmfest Dresden International Short Film Festival, Germany;Run, First Place- Best of Shorts Film Festival, La Ciotat, Marseille, FranceRun, Overall Winner- Magma Short Film Festival, New Zealand
Sundance Film Festival, Winner Best International Short:Cannes Film Festival Special Distinction Winner - Short Film Six Dollar Fifty Man - also:Special Distinction - 62nd Festival De Cannes, France;Best International Short Fiction Film - Expresion en Corto, Mexico;Black Pearl 09 for Best Narrative Short - Middle East International Film Festival, United Arab Emirates;Silver Spike - 55th Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain
Six Dollar Fifty Man wins 2010 Coopers Award for Best Short Film - Flickerfest, Australia.  Also: Jury Prize in International Short Filmmaking - Sundance Film Festival, USA;Special Mention - 60th Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin- Generation Kplus,Germany;;Best Narrative Short - 20th Annual Cinequest Film Festival, USA;Special Jury Award - NY Children's International Film Festival, USA;Best Drama- Aspen Shortsfest, USA;British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Los Angeles;Prize for Excellence- Aspen Shortsfest, USA;Six Dollar Fifty Man nominated Best Short Film at:Magma Short Film Festival, N.Z.;  Corto In Bra, Italy; Vladivostok International Film Festival, Russia;La Boca del Lobo Film Festival, Spain; 24fps International Short Film Festival, USA; Best International Short Film - Dokufest, Kosovo;Recipient of Arts Foundation New Generation Award with Mark Albiston 
The Six Dollar Fifty Man wins Heart of Gold International Film Festival's Best Short Film Award.