Scorpio Oct 28, 1967 Glasgow, Scotland Director, Producer and Writer
Kevin Macdonald is a Scottish director, best known for his films "One Day in September", "State of Play", "The Last King of Scotland" and "Touching the Void".He began his career with a biography of his grandfather, "The Life and Death of a Screenwriter" (1994), which he turned into the documentary "The Making of an Englishman" (1995).
After making a series of biographical documentaries, Macdonald directed "One Day in September" (1999), about the murder of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Possibly the most striking feature of this film was the lengthy interview with Jamal Al-Gashey, the last known survivor of the Munich terrorists. Macdonald found Al-Gashey through intermediaries, and was able to convince him that the film would only be truly authentic if he gave his side of the story. Since the former terrorist was convinced that Israeli authorities were still hunting him, Al-Gashey agreed to the interview only on condition that he would be disguised. His face would be shown only in shadow or blurred out, and that the interview would be conducted by a person he trusted in Amman,Jordan. Macdonald could be present, but the interview was conducted entirely in Arabic even though Al-Gashey was known to be fluent in English, and Al-Gashey frequently stormed out of the interview room. Macdonald didn't know if he had anything usable until he returned to London and hired an Arabic translator. The results spoke for themselves – the film won an Oscar for Best Documentary.
His next film was "Touching the Void", which told the story of two climbers' disastrous attempt to scale the Siula Grande in the Andes in 1985. The film won the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film at the 2003-04 BAFTA Awards.
He directed a number television commercials with Rogue Films who represent him for all his TV commercial work worldwide.
MacDonald made a film called "Life in a Day",for YouTube with producer Ridley Scott. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival to a global live audience, on January 27th 8pm EST.
Macdonald directed the film adaptation of hit BBC television drama "State of Play", starring Russell Crowe. His forthcoming projects include an adaptation of the book "The Eagle of the Ninth", about a Roman Legion in 2nd Century A.D. in Scotland and "Bobby Fischer Goes to War", a film about the 1972 World Chess Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland, in which Bobby Fischer took on the entire Soviet chess establishment. In March 2010 it was announced he is set to direct the psychological thriller Murder Mystery for Tower Hill Entertainment.