An erudite spokesman for the new generation of British filmmakers, Macdonald started as a director of biographical documentaries for television. He won an Academy Award for the feature doc One Day in September (1999), about the kidnapping of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics, and a BAFTA Award for Touching the Void, a film made in challenging physical circumstances about a mountaineering accident. He successfully turned his hand to feature drama with The Last King of Scotland. He was co-editor of the 1998 anthology Imagining Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary, and his 1994 biography of director Emeric Pressburger, his grandfather, won the BFI award for best film book of the Year.
My Enemy’s Enemy (2007)
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
BAFTA — Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film
British Independent Film Awards — Best Director
Touching the Void (2003)
One Day in September (1999)
Academy Award — Best Documentary Feature