Karen Guthrie

was raised on the west coast of Scotland. With co-producer Nina Pope they founded Somewhere in 1995 and have since worked together on many creative projects and commissions, winning the Northern Art Prize in 2007 for their films and installations. Karen continues to work as an artist alongside her film-making. The Closer We Get is Karen’s solo directorial debut.


Bata-ville: We Are Not Afraid of the Future, 2005; Living with the Tudors, 2007; Jaywick Escapes, 2012; The Closer We Get, 2015.
Special Jury Mention

The Closer We Get (16+)

UK, 2015, colour, 88 min.
Director: Karen Guthrie
Karen, the director and caring daughter returns to her Scottish hometown to care for her mother Ann. But Karen isn’t alone: her prodigal father - the endearing yet unfathomable Ian, separated from Ann for years - also reappears. Reunited so unexpectedly, Karen seizes this last chance to go under the skin of the family story before it’s too late.


Hot Docs (Winner of Best International Feature) Open City Documentary Festival (Winner of Best UK Feature) Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival (Winner of Best Feature).