Kevin Macdonald was born in 1967 in Glasgow, Scotland, and attended boarding school at Glenalmond College. He is the grandson of Hungarian-born filmmaker Emeric Pressburger, and began his career by directing a screen adaptation of his grandfather's written biography. He adapted the book, called "The Life and Death of a Screenwriter," into a TV movie called The Making of an Englishman (1995). He continued on the same path, filming many more biographical documentaries such as Chaplin's Goliath (1996), The Moving World of George Rickey (1997), One Day in September (1999), Donald Cammell: The Ultimate Performance (1998), A Brief History of Errol Morris (2000), Touching the Void (2003), and My Enemy's Enemy (2007). One Day in September, about a Palestinian terrorist group holding Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Munich Olympics, was a highlight of Macdonald's documentary film career. He scored an interview with Jamal Al-Gashey, the last known survivor of the Munich terrorists. Al-Gashey believed Israeli authorities were still searching for him, and agreed to the interview only if his face would be disguised and if it would be conducted by a person/in a place of his choice. The film won the 1999 Oscar for Best Documentary.
Macdonald’s latest movie, Life in a Day, is a crowdsourced documentary film comprising an arranged series of video clips selected from 80,000 clips submitted to the YouTube video sharing website, the clips showing respective occurrences from around the world on a single day, July 24, 2010.
Although Macdonald has filmed thrilling outdoor events in many different places for his movies, he prefers to relax indoors, saying his "idea of outdoors is a game of football in the park on Sunday." He currently lives in London with his wife, set decorator Tatiana Lund. The pair have been married since 1999 and have three sons.
Life in a day/ Život v jednom dni (95´, USA, 2011)
The Eagle of the Ninth/ Orel deváté legie (114´, USA, United Kingdom, 2010)
State of Play/ Na odstřel (128´, USA, United Kingdom, France, 2009)
My Enemy's Enemy (87´, France, United Kingdom, 2007)
The Last King of Scotland (121´, United Kingdom, 2006)
Touching the Void (24´, United Kingdom, 2003)
A Brief History of Errol Morris (48´, USA, 2000)
One Day in September (94´, Switzerland, Germany, United Kingdom, 1999)
Donald Cammell: The Ultimate Performance (75´, United Kingdom, 1998)
The Moving World of George Rickey (56´, United Kingdom, 1997)
Chaplin's Goliath (54´, United Kingdom, 1996)
Making of an Englishman (United Kingdom,1995)
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