Kevin Macdonald

Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Natasha Galloway
Associate Agent: Talia Tobias

Film, TV & Theatre

Kevin Macdonald's first feature, One Day In September, won an Oscar for Best Documentary in 2000. His second feature, Touching the Void premiered at Telluride 2003 and was released in the UK in December 2003 and in the US in January 2004. Awards include a BAFTA for Best British Film and the Evening Standard Award for Best British Film, and it is the highest grossing British documentary in UK box office history. Kevin's first feature-length drama, The Last King of Scotland, starring Forest Whitaker, premiered at Telluride and was released in the UK and the US in 2006. Awards include BAFTA for Best British Film (Alexander Korda Award) and Best Adapted Screenplay. Forest Whitaker won an Academy Award and a BAFTA for his portrayal of Idi Amin. Other feature drama credits include State of Play, starring Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck, and The Eagle, adapted from Rosemary Sutcliffe's The Eagle of the Ninth and starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell. Other documentary credits include Life In A Day, which received a BIFA nomination, and as Executive Produceron Senna which won the BAFTA for Best Documentary. His most recent feature is Marley, the acclaimed documentary about Bob Marley's life and work was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2013 BAFTAs as well as receiving a GRAMMY and a BIFA nomination.

Kevin co-edited The Faber Book Of Documentary (1997), and wrote Emeric Pressburger: The Life And Death Of A Screenwriter (Faber, 1994, winner of BFI film book of the year and shortlisted for the NCR non-fiction prize). 

Kevin’s next film to be released in 2013 is How I Live Now starring Saoirse Ronan and Tom Holland.

In Development

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BOBBY FISCHER GOES TO WAR

Company Pictures / Working Title

END OF ETERNITY

New Regency

From the novel by Isaac Asimov

THE PASSENGER

Cowboy Films

Adapted from the novel by Chris Petit

Film

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BLACK SEA

2014

Cowboy Films / Focus Features

Prods: Charles Steel, Kevin Macdonald
Starring Jude Law, Jodie Whittaker, Scoot McNairy

HOW I LIVE NOW

2013

Cowboy Films / Passion Pictures

Adaptation of Meg Rosoff’s multi-award-winning novel. Starring Saoirse Ronan and Tom Holland.

MARLEY

2011

Tuff Gong/Shangri-La

Director. The official Bob Marley documentary.

LIFE IN A DAY

2011

Scott Free/YouTube

Documentary
Premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2011

THE EAGLE

2011

Toledo Films/ Focus Features

From the novel by Rosemary Sutcliffe
Adapted by Jeremy Brock, Produced by Duncan Kenworthy
Starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell and Mark Strong
Release date 11 Feb 2011

STATE OF PLAY

2009

Universal Studios

Starring Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck and Helen Mirren

* Nominated London Critics' Circle 2010: British Director of the Year

MY ENEMY'S ENEMY

2006

Company Pictures / Working Title

Documentary on the story of Klaus Barbie

THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND

2005

DNA / Fox Searchlight / Cowboy / Film Four

Feature
Starring Forest Whitaker & James McAvoy
Produced by Andrea Calderwood & Charles Steel
Written by Peter Morgan

* Nominated, BAFTA 2007 – Best Film
* Winner, BAFTA 2007 – Alexander Korda Award For Outstanding British Film of the Year
* Winner, BAFTA 2007 – Best Adapted Screenplay

TOUCHING THE VOID

2003

Darlow Smithson / Film Council / FilmFour / Pathe US Distribution: IFC Films

Dramatised documentary based on the book by Joe Simpson.
UK release: 12th December 2003.
US release: 23rd January 2004
* Winner, BAFTA Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year
* Winner, Best Film, Evening Standard British Film Awards
* Winner, Best Documentary, British Independent Film Awards.
* Winner, Best Technical Achievement: Cinematography – Mike Eley, British Independent Film Awards.
* Winner, Best Feature, Banff 2003.

BEING MICK

2001

Jagged Films / CH4

Authorised feature-length documentary on Mick Jagger. TX: 22nd November, 9pm, CH4

THE MAN WHO LISTENED TO BRITAIN

2000

CH4

A portrait of the surrealist painter, anthropologist and film-maker, Humphrey Jennings.
Broadcast December 2000

ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER

1999

Arthur Cohn / BBC/ British Screen

93 mins, 35mm. Feature documentary.
* Winner of Academy Award for Best Documentary, 2000
* Best New Director, British Independent Film Awards 2000
* Emmy, Best Documentary (Historical) 2000
* Golden Camera Best Documentary (Germany) 2000
* Nominated Best Documentary, European Film Awards 2000
* Nominated IDA Award Feature Documentaries, International Documentary Association 2000

THE MOVING WORLD OF GEORGE RICKEY

1998

BBC

56 mins, S 16mm. Documentary about the renowned kinetic sculptor.

DONALD CAMMELL: THE ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE

1997

BBC / Arts Council

75 mins, S 35mm. Feature documentary.
* Winner of Silver Hugo, Chicago Film Festival

HOWARD HANKS: AMERICAN ARTIST

1997

BFI / BBC / Bravo / Canal + / Star, etc

60 mins, 16mm.

WITNESS: THE MAKING OF AN ENGLISHMAN

1996

Figment Films / CH4 / Hungarian TV

50 mins, 16mm. Documentary about actor who played the villain in Chaplin’ films

CHAPLIN'S GOLIATH

1996

Figment Films / STV

50 mins, 16mm. Documentary about actor who played the villain in Chaplin’ films

Television

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11/22/63

2015

Bad Robot/Warner Bros

Prods: JJ Abrams, Joseph Boccia, Athena Wickham
Starring: James Franco, Josh Duhamel, Sarah Gadon

Other

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KINDERTRANSPORT - Executive Producer

1998

BBC

30 mins, digi-beta. Documentary about Jewish child refugees coming to Britain.

SHOOT OUT IN SWANSEA: THE MAKING OF TWIN TOWN - Executive Producer

1997

BBC

70 mins, video.