KEVIN MACDONALD won an Academy Award as director of One Day in September, which
was voted Best Documentary Feature in 2000.
The native of Glasgow, Scotland has made a host of nonfiction films, both shorts
features. He has explored subjects ranging from silent film star Eric Campbell
Kindertransport rescue missions to rock star Mick Jagger to war criminal Klaus
Mr. Macdonald's 2003 feature Touching the Void became the highest-grossing
documentary in U.K. boxoffice history. The film won the Evening Standard and
Awards for Best British Film. His first non-documentary feature was The Last
Scotland. Forest Whitaker's performance as Idi Amin earned the actor the BAFTA
Academy Awards for Best Actor, among other honors. The movie additionally won
BAFTA Awards for Best British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay (Jeremy Brock of
The Eagle and Peter Morgan), as well as BAFTA (Scotland) Awards for Best Film,
Screenplay, and Best Actor (James McAvoy). Mr. Macdonald was named Best Director
at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), and cinematographer Anthony Dod
Mantle (of The Eagle) won the Best Technical Achievement BIFA.
He next directed State of Play, starring Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck, which
him a London Film Critics Circle Award nomination. Currently, he is at work
Life in a Day, the first user-generated feature-length documentary, which will
at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and which will showcase footage shot
around the world on July 24th, 2010 and submitted for inclusion in the feature.
Mr. Macdonald is the grandson of Emeric Pressburger, renowned for his filmmaking
partnership with Michael Powell. One of his earliest documentaries, The Making
Englishman, was about his grandfather.
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