North Isle Productions was set up by Producer Lili Sandelin in 2007 and has been creating imaginative and original films ever since.

In 2014 Lili produced War Letters, a multiscreen film installation for Grid Iron Theatre and The Edinburgh International Book Festival promenade performance Letters Home. Directed by Alice Nelson, the production got four stars in The Guardian who commented “Letters Home is a fabulously stylish counterstrike for the book festival, creating a new platform for the short story, while examining the theatrical potential of narrative”.

In 2013 Lili production managed the film version of The List, an award winning stage play starring Maureen Beattie. The multicamera production was produced by Stellar Quines Theatre Company and directed by Bafta winning Morag McKinnon.

North Isle’s other projects include documentaries covering medical science (inc. stem cell science, neurodegeneration, genetics and death), human stories and social issues. Lili’s recent doc ‘Finding Josephine’ with award winning director Tomas Sheridan was shot in Uganda and funded by Why Poverty? scheme. After a successful broadcast run in multiple territories, the film has now been seen over 60,000 times on Youtube.

Originally trained as a film editor, Lili edits some of North Isle’s films. She also assistant edited multi-award winning documentary ‘Karama Has No Walls’ by dir. Sara Ishaq which was nominated for a 2014 Oscar.

North Isle is currently co-producing ‘Strutter’, a feature doc on a group of Scottish pensioners hand building a replica WW1 plane. N.I. are also in development on ‘Cannibal Run’, a feature comedy horror about the last family of Scottish cannibals, set in the underground world of contemporary Edinburgh. Lili was mentored by EIFF Network on the project in 2012.


Lili is a graduate of Bournemouth Film School and Screen Academy Scotland. She spent four years as a Visiting Lecturer on the BA Film course at Edinburgh Napier University. Lili is also an avid knitter and a passionate cook. She grew up on a sheep farm in Finland and moved to the UK at the age of 18. Outside of film, Lili has experience of typing out building surveys, selling whisky and assisting a magician. To amuse a roomful of retirees, she once cooked a Christmas pudding from scratch having never seen or tasted one before. Lili speaks Finnish, Swedish and English and has an unhealthy interest in forensic science and pathology. She also studied Scots Gaelic in 2013.

Ali Murray is an all round sound dude. He edits, mixes and composes for film and stage, drums with a number of bands and generally makes a lot of noise. Recent work includes sound design and post production sound for Oscar nominated and multi award winning documentary “Karama Has No Walls” from director Sara Ishaq, Mark Cousins’ features “A Story of Children and Film”, “Here Be Dragons” and “What Is This Film Called Love?”. He is also deft at fixing broken things. His interests include sharks, explosions and curry. More information on Ali’s work at www.alimurraysound.com.



Photo credits: Paul Burnett, Paul Gray, Ruth Louden