Director Kevin Macdonald began his filmmaking career in documentaries. His first feature documentary, One Day In September, won the Oscar in 2000.His second feature, Touching The Void, premiered at Telluride in 2003, was released in the U.K. in December of that year and in the US in January 2004. Awards include a BAFTA for Best British Film and the Evening Standard Award for Best British Film. It remains Britain’s highest grossing documentary.MacDonald’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. The movie won BAFTA awards for Best British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay. Forest Whitaker won an Academy Award® and a BAFTA for his portrayal of Idi Amin.MacDonald 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). His journalism has appeared in numerous publications including The Guardian, Observer and Telegraph.Other documentaries MacDonald has made include, My Enemy’s Enemy, the story of Nazi Klaus Barbie, Being Mick, an authorized feature-length documentary on Mick Jagger, and The Man Who Listened To Britain, a portrait of surrealist painter, anthropologist and filmmaker Humphrey Jennings.
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