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Kevin Macdonald is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer British born on 28 october 1967 at Glasgow (United-kingdom)

Kevin Macdonald

Kevin Macdonald
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Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 28 october 1967 (51 years) at Glasgow (United-kingdom)

Kevin Macdonald (born 28 October 1967) is a Scottish director, best known for his films One Day in September, State of Play, The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void and Marley.

Biography

Kevin Macdonald est le petit-fils du réalisateur, scénariste et producteur hongro-britannique Emeric Pressburger et le frère de Andrew Macdonald, producteur, notamment, de Petits meurtres entre amis, Trainspotting, Une vie moins ordinaire.

Il suit sa scolarité au Glenalmond College , situé près de Perth.

En 1995, il commence sa carrière cinématographique avec un documentaire pour la télévision, The Making of an Englishman, adaptation de la biographie de son grand-père, The Life and Death of a Screenwriter.

Après la réalisation de plusieurs documentaires biographiques, il dirige en 1999 Un jour en septembre relatif à la prise d'otages et le meurtre de 11 athlètes israéliens lors des Jeux olympiques d'été de 1972 à Munich. L'un des mérites de Kevin Macdonald est d'avoir obtenu, entre autres, le témoignage de Zvi Zamir, l'ancien directeur général du Mossad, de Manfred Schreiber l'ancien chef de la police munichoise et, tout particulièrement, de Jamal Al-Gashey, le seul palestinien survivant de cet événement, caché en Afrique et dont l'entretien est sans doute la caractéristique la plus frappante du film.

Ce film documentaire, dont les commentaires sont dits par Michael Douglas, obtient l'Oscar du meilleur film documentaire en 2000.

En 2003, son film La Mort suspendue (Touching the Void) relate l'histoire vraie et dramatique de l'ascension de la face ouest du Siula Grande, en 1985, par les deux alpinistes britanniques Joe Simpson et Simon Yates. En 2004, le film remporte le Alexander Korda Award du meilleur film britannique de la BAFTA et, coïncidence, Alexander Korda a offert son 1er emploi au grand-père de Kevin Macdonald, lors de son arrivée en Angleterre en 1935.

Kevin Macdonald fut ensuite engagé par Universal Pictures pour la réalisation de Jeux de pouvoir (State of Play), une version cinéma de la mini-série éponyme de la BBC, avec Russell Crowe et Ben Affleck.

Best films

The Last King of Scotland (2006)
(Director)

Usually with

Tessa Ross
Tessa Ross
(4 films)
Dennis Kelly
Dennis Kelly
(1 films)
Alex Heffes
Alex Heffes
(4 films)
Ian Tapp
Ian Tapp
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Kevin Macdonald (12 films)

Display filmography as list

Actor

Black Sea
Black Sea (2014)
, 1h55
Directed by Kevin Macdonald
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Underwater action films, Submarine films
Actors Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Jodie Whittaker, Ben Mendelsohn, Constantin Khabenski, Karl Davies
Roles Himself
Rating63% 3.199013.199013.199013.199013.19901
Robinson (Jude Law), a veteran captain of under-sea salvage who is recently divorced and estranged from his young son, receives news that he is to be made redundant. He receives £8,000 for his services and is asked to clean his desk and leave the premises.
My Enemy's Enemy
Directed by Kevin Macdonald
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about terrorism, Documentary films about terrorism
Actors André Dussollier, Kevin Macdonald
Rating73% 3.6844253.6844253.6844253.6844253.684425
The story of Klaus Barbie through World War II and post-war hiding journey in Bolivia including his involvement in the assassination of Che Guevara before being tried in France for war crimes committed in Lyon and assassination of Jean Moulin.

Director

Black Sea
Black Sea (2014)
, 1h55
Directed by Kevin Macdonald
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Underwater action films, Submarine films
Actors Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Jodie Whittaker, Ben Mendelsohn, Constantin Khabenski, Karl Davies
Rating63% 3.199013.199013.199013.199013.19901
Robinson (Jude Law), a veteran captain of under-sea salvage who is recently divorced and estranged from his young son, receives news that he is to be made redundant. He receives £8,000 for his services and is asked to clean his desk and leave the premises.
How I Live Now, 1h41
Directed by Kevin Macdonald
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about sexuality
Actors Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, Anna Chancellor, Corey Johnson, George MacKay, Harley Bird
Rating65% 3.2507053.2507053.2507053.2507053.250705
Daisy, a neurotic and anorexic American teenager, is sent to the English countryside for the summer to stay with her Aunt Penn and her cousins, Eddie, Isaac, and Piper. She arrives at Heathrow Airport to tightened security and reports of a bombing in Paris, and Isaac drives to her cousins' farm, which she discovers to be dilapidated and very messy. Although initially abrasive, Daisy warms to them upon learning that her deceased mother used to stay there frequently. She also falls in love with Eddie, her eldest cousin, finding him to be as introverted and strong-willed as she, and noticing his unusual, almost mystical connection to animals. A few days after her arrival, her aunt flies to Geneva to attend an emergency conference because she is an expert in terrorist extremist groups, and the group take advantage of her absence to explore their local woodlands.
Marley
Marley (2012)
, 2h24
Directed by Kevin Macdonald
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Biography, Musical theatre, Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about music and musicians, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Musical films
Actors Rainford Hugh Perry, Chris Blackwell
Rating79% 3.996453.996453.996453.996453.99645
Grâce à des archives privées et inédites de la famille Marley, Kevin Macdonald réunit une mine d’informations, des images rarissimes ainsi que des témoignages pour retracer la vie de Bob Marley, de sa naissance en 1945 jusqu’à sa mort en 1981.
The Eagle
The Eagle (2011)
, 1h54
Directed by Kevin Macdonald
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Peplum
Themes Films set in Africa
Actors Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong, Tahar Rahim, Denis O'Hare
Rating61% 3.099463.099463.099463.099463.09946
In the year AD 140, twenty years after the Ninth Legion disappeared in the north of Britain, Marcus Flavius Aquila, a young Roman centurion, arrives in Britain to serve at his first post as a garrison commander. Marcus's father disappeared with the eagle standard of the ill-fated legion, and Marcus hopes to redeem his family's honour by bravely serving in Britain. Shortly afterwards, only Marcus's alertness and decisiveness save the garrison from being overrun by Celtic tribesmen. He is decorated for his bravery but honourably discharged due to a severe leg injury.
Life in a Day, 1h35
Directed by Kevin Macdonald
Genres Drama, Documentary
Themes L'action se déroule en une journée
Rating76% 3.8475553.8475553.8475553.8475553.847555
Un projet de documentaire communautaire, qui vise à proposer un aperçu de la journée du 24 juillet 2010 vue par les internautes du monde entier. Le film est ainsi monté à partir de 80 000 vidéos envoyées, selon le générique du film, depuis 192 pays, dans 45 langues différentes.
State of Play, 2h8
Directed by Kevin Macdonald
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists, Politique, Political films
Actors Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright, Maria Thayer
Rating70% 3.5489853.5489853.5489853.5489853.548985
One night, a thief fleeing through Georgetown in Washington, D.C., is shot by a man carrying a briefcase. A pizza delivery man who witnesses the incident is also shot by the killer and is left in a coma. The following morning, a young woman is killed by a Washington Metro train in what seems to be suicide. Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is distraught to hear that the woman was Sonia Baker (Maria Thayer), a lead researcher on his staff. Collins, who has military experience, is leading an investigation into PointCorp, a private defense contractor with controversial operations involving mercenaries. Collins tells his former college roommate and old friend Cal McAffrey (Russell Crowe), an investigative reporter, that he had been having an affair with Sonia and that she had sent him a cheerful video message on the morning of her death, which he says is inconsistent and unusual behavior for someone about to commit suicide.
My Enemy's Enemy
Directed by Kevin Macdonald
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about terrorism, Documentary films about terrorism
Actors André Dussollier, Kevin Macdonald
Rating73% 3.6844253.6844253.6844253.6844253.684425
The story of Klaus Barbie through World War II and post-war hiding journey in Bolivia including his involvement in the assassination of Che Guevara before being tried in France for war crimes committed in Lyon and assassination of Jean Moulin.
The Last King of Scotland, 2h5
Directed by Kevin Macdonald
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films set in Africa, Politique, Political films
Actors Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington, Simon McBurney, Gillian Anderson, David Oyelowo
Rating76% 3.8493153.8493153.8493153.8493153.849315
In 1970, Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy) graduates from medical school at the University of Edinburgh. With dull prospects at home, he decides to seek adventure abroad by working at a Ugandan missionary clinic run by Dr. David Merrit (Adam Kotz) and his wife, Sarah (Gillian Anderson). Garrigan becomes attracted to Sarah, who enjoys the attention, but refuses to engage in an extramarital affair.
Touching the Void, 1h46
Directed by Kevin Macdonald
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Documentary, Action, Adventure
Themes Sports films, Alpinisme, Documentary films about sports
Rating79% 3.998533.998533.998533.998533.99853
Both climbers successfully reach the summit of the previously unclimbed West Face of Siula Grande in Peru. Joe is injured during the descent after falling, resulting in a badly broken leg. The pair decide to lower Joe with the help of ropes on the steep snowy slope, while an enormous storm rages on. Simon cannot see where he is lowering Joe and Joe eventually drops off a cliff and is suspended by the rope in mid-air. Simon arrests his fall, but neither sees the predicament his partner is in nor hears him, due to the severity of the storm.
One Day in September, 1h31
Directed by Kevin Macdonald
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Documentary
Themes Sports films, Films about terrorism, Documentary films about sports, Films about the Olympic Games, Documentary films about law, Documentary films about war, Documentary films about historical events, Documentary films about politics, Documentary films about terrorism, Political films
Actors Michael Douglas
Rating78% 3.9465553.9465553.9465553.9465553.946555
1972. Jeux olympiques de Munich. 121 nations, 7123 athlètes. Pour la première fois, les chaînes de télévision du monde entier sont là pour retransmettre l'évènement.

Scriptwriter

Marley
Marley (2012)
, 2h24
Directed by Kevin Macdonald
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Biography, Musical theatre, Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about music and musicians, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Musical films
Actors Rainford Hugh Perry, Chris Blackwell
Rating79% 3.996453.996453.996453.996453.99645
Grâce à des archives privées et inédites de la famille Marley, Kevin Macdonald réunit une mine d’informations, des images rarissimes ainsi que des témoignages pour retracer la vie de Bob Marley, de sa naissance en 1945 jusqu’à sa mort en 1981.
My Enemy's Enemy
Directed by Kevin Macdonald
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about terrorism, Documentary films about terrorism
Actors André Dussollier, Kevin Macdonald
Rating73% 3.6844253.6844253.6844253.6844253.684425
The story of Klaus Barbie through World War II and post-war hiding journey in Bolivia including his involvement in the assassination of Che Guevara before being tried in France for war crimes committed in Lyon and assassination of Jean Moulin.