Kevin MacDonald helmed the Academy Award®-winning documentary feature One Day in September (2000). His next feature, Touching the Void, premiered at Telluride 2003 and was released internationally the following year. It won Best British Film at both the BAFTAs and the Evening Standard Awards, and it is the highest-grossing British documentary in U.K. box-office history. His first narrative feature, drama The Last King of Scotland, premiered at Telluride and was released in the U.K. and the U.S. in 2006. Forest Whitaker won an Oscar® and a BAFTA for his performance as Idi Amin and the film won BAFTAs for Best British Film (the Alexander Korda Award) and Best Adapted Screenplay.
More recently, the filmmaker earned acclaim for Marley, a documentary about Bob Marley’s life and work. The film was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2013 BAFTAs and also received Grammy® and BIFA nominations. His latest documentary, Sky Ladder, opened the 2016 international documentary section at Sundance and was bought by Netflix.
Kevin’s other feature drama credits include State of Play, starring Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck; The Eagle, with Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell; How I Live Now, starring Saoirse Ronan and Tom Holland; and Black Sea, with Jude Law. Other documentary credits include Life in a Day, which received a BIFA nomination, and Senna (executive producer), which won the BAFTA for Best Documentary.
Macdonald co-edited The Faber Book of Documentary (1997) and wrote Emeric Pressburger: The Life and Death of a Screenwriter (1994), winner of BFI Film Book of the Year and shortlisted for the NCR non-fiction prize.