chapter  5
21 Pages

Kevin Macdonald: Oscar-winning polymath

Since leaving university, Kevin Macdonald has made nine major documentaries, seven for network television, two for the cinema – one an Oscar winner. He has also written a classic documentary textbook, Imaging Reality, and a much admired biography of his grandfather, the feature-film writer and producer, Emeric Pressburger. He somehow managed to fit in teaching assignments at a number of film schools and universities, including the Cuban School, where he impressed the students with his fluent Spanish and his boyish good looks. He is now working on his first factbased drama for the cinema and in gaps in production is expecting to make a documentary for Channel 4. Still only 37 and with a track record like that, wouldn’t you think you would just hate him?