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The Film That Lit My Fuse: Oscar-Winning ‘The Last King Of Scotland’ & ‘The Mauritanian’ Director Kevin Macdonald

Kevin Macdonald

The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences, and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.

Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is Kevin Macdonald, the Oscar-winning Scottish director. Macdonald oscillates between making documentaries and dramas, and his big breakthrough came in 1999 with One Day in September, which examined the murder of Israeli athletes at the 1971 Olympic Games in Munich. It won Best Documentary at the 2000 Academy Awards.

Since then, Macdonald has won acclaim and prizes for features including Touching the Void and The Last King of Scotland, while his most recent feature, The Mauritanian, gathers a stellar cast (including Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shailene Woodley and Tahar Rahim) for a true story about a Guantanamo Bay detainee who was imprisoned for years without charge by the U.S. government.

In The Film That Lit My Fuse, Macdonald, who is currently directing YouTube’s Life in a Day 2020, credits The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp with helping inspire his movie career. Describing it as Britain’s answer to Citizen Kane, it was co-directed by Macdonald’s grandfather Emeric Pressburger.

Check out the video above.

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