Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald has been selected as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Grierson Trustees’ Award.
The Trustees’ Award, sponsored by Coutts, recognises outstanding contribution to the art or craft of documentary-making. Previous winners include such renowned documentary-makers as John Pilger, Penny Woolcock, Norma Percy, Paul Watson, Mike Salisbury, Nick Fraser, Jonathan Gili, Molly Dineen and Sir David Attenborough.
Macdonald won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2000 for his film One Day in September, and has since embarked on a career that has established him as one of the leading lights in the international documentary community. Following One Day..., Kevin’s next cinema documentary was the smash hit Touching the Void, which broke the box office record for a UK doc and won the BAFTA for Best British Film in 2004.
Since then, Kevin has worked predominantly in drama, directing The Last King of Scotland (2006), State of Play (2009) and The Eagle (2011), but he’s also found time to bring us some new documentaries too. 2011 saw the release of Life in a Day, a unique production helmed by Kevin which was composed of footage shot by amateur filmmakers all over the world, whilst his most recent documentary Marley, a three-hour study of the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley, was released earlier this year.
The winners of Grierson 2012: The 40th Anniversary British Documentary Awards will be revealed on November 6, 2012, and Directors UK is amongst the sponsors for the second year running.
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