David Mackenzie stepped into feature film-making (after several serial-award winning shorts) with his oddball-revenge movie THE LAST GREAT WILDERNESS which had its North American premiere at TIFF in 2002. He followed this with his acclaimed adaptation of Alexander Trocchi’s existentialist classic
YOUNG ADAM, starring Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton which premiered in Cannes 2003, played TIFF and Telluride that year and went on to win 4 Scottish BAFTAS, a European Film Academy and several BIFA nominations and a London Critics Circle award for Best Newcomer. Subsequent films include ASYLUM, starring Natasha Richardson and Ian McKellen, the highly regarded HALLAM FOE with Jamie Bell, which won a Silver Bear in Berlin 2007, the Gold Hugo in Chicago, the Golden Swan in Copenhagen, the Golden Hitchcock in Dinard, a Scottish BAFTA and 4 nominations, 8 BIFA nominations, and SPREAD with Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche which premiered in Sundance 2009 (and was released internationally as Toy Boy, L.A. Gigolo, S-Lover, Love, Sex & Celebrity, Oh Yeah, American Celebrity and Jogando com Prazer, depending on territory!). Recently, Mackenzie’s work has continued with his futuristic fable
PERFECT SENSE starring Eva Green and Ewan McGregor, which premiered in Sundance in 2011 and won several awards including Best Feature in Edinburgh and several Scottish BAFTA nominations, and the gonzo comedy romance YOU INSTEAD (aka Tonight You’re Mine) (SXSW ’11) in which two rival pop stars, male and female, find themselves involuntarily ‘united’ at a massive music festival. With STARRED UP, starring Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn and Rupert Friend, Mackenzie steps confidently into new territory, making a film within the confines of a genre for the first time. The BFI Statistical Yearbook 2013 notes that Mackenzie is regarded as one of the top five most prolific directors in the UK. His work continues to challenge, inspire and provoke.
UK Agent: United Agents (Sean Gascoine)