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David Mackenzie

David Mackenzie

David Mackenzie is one of Scotland's leading film directors. David Mackenzie started his film career making shorts. He first won an award for California Sunshine (1997), a 20-minute film about a pair of small-time drug dealers that starred his younger brother, actor Alastair Mackenzie.

In 1999, he won an Audience Award at the Brest European Short Film Festival for Marcie's Dowry. In 2000, he placed second for Best Short Film at the Dresden Film Festival for Somersault (1999).

Having completed nine shorts and a documentary, Mackenzie's first feature length film was the low budget The Last Great Wilderness (2002), which he co-wrote with his brother Michael Tait.

But David didn't gain international attention until he wrote and directed Young Adam (2003), based on the 1954 novel by Alexander Trocchi starring Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton. He won a Scottish BAFTA for Best Director, as well as awards at Edinburgh and the London Critics Circle.

Mackenzie went on to direct Asylum, starring Natasha Richardson, followed by Hallam Foe (2007) starring Jamie Bell which Mackenzie co-wrote for the screen, directed, and produced. The film went on to win awards at the Berlin Film Festival.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.

David Mackenzie Facts

BirthdayMay 10, 1966 (56)
BirthplaceCorbridge, England, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Hell or High Water
Perfect Sense
Tonight You're Mine
Young Adam
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