Andrew Macdonald

Producer, Director, Script reader
This grandson of the famed Hungarian emigre screenwriter-director Emeric Pressburger worked his way up from low level jobs to become an important and influential film producer. Born in Glasgow, Andrew Macdonald was not ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1965 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Producer (19)

Ex Machina 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Far From the Madding Crowd 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sunshine on Leith 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dredd 3D 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Never Let Me Go 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

28 Weeks Later 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sunshine 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

The History Boys 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Last King of Scotland 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

28 Days Later 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Strictly Sinatra 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Parole Officer 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Beach 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Alien Love Triangle 1998 (Movie)

("Alien Love Triangle") (Producer)

A Life Less Ordinary 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Twin Town 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Trainspotting 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Shallow Grave 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Final Curtain (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Production Management (2)

The Long Day Closes 1993 (Movie)

(Location Manager)

Crossing the Line 1991 (Movie)

(Location Assistant)
Other (3)

Predestination 2015 (Movie)

(to Director) (Assistant)

Shag: The Movie 1989 (Movie)

(to Zelda Barron) (Assistant)

Venus Peter 1989 (Movie)

unit runner(assistant director) (Production Assistant)

Biography

This grandson of the famed Hungarian emigre screenwriter-director Emeric Pressburger worked his way up from low level jobs to become an important and influential film producer. Born in Glasgow, Andrew Macdonald was not interested in movies until he saw Franc Roddam's "Quadrophenia" (1979) and then turned to his famous grandparent for advice and inspiration. He began his career working on films made by students at London's National Film School in the mid-1980s and landed his first "professional" gig as a go-fer on Hugh Hudson's "Revolution" (1985). After studies at the American Film Institute, Macdonald worked as assistant to Zelda Barron on "Shag" (1988) before returning to his native Scotland. In the course of a few short years, he graduated from working as a location manager in film and TV to filmmaker, directing and/or producing a handful of shorts, some in tandem with his brother Kevin. A fortuitous introduction to John Hodge at the 1990 Edinburgh Film Festival led to a creative partnership that blossomed with 1993's quirky thriller "Shallow Grave". Macdonald debuted as producer, Hodge, a physician by trade, wrote the script and Danny Boyle joined the team as director.

Relationships

William Macdonald

Father

Angela Carole Macdonald

Mother

Rachel Fleming

Companion
mother of Macdonald's son Archie

Kevin MacDonald Director

Brother
born c. 1967 wrote biography of Emeric Pressburger won 1999 Best Documentary Feature Oscar for "One Day in September"

Archie Macdonald

Son
born on February 28, 1998 mother, Rachel Fleming

Emeric Pressburger

Grandfather

EDUCATION

graduated from school in 1984

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles , California 1985

Milestones

2001

With Kenworthy, was producer of "Strictly Sinatra" and "The Final Curtain"

2000

Reteamed with Boyle as producer of "The Beach", starring Leonardo DiCaprio

1997

Joined with Duncan Kenworthy as partner in DNA Films

1997

Reteamed with Boyle, Hodge and McGregor for the disappointing "A Life Less Ordinary"

1996

Produced Boyle's second feature "Trainspotting"; scripted by Hodge and starring McGregor

1993

Feature debut as producer, "Shallow Grave"; first collaboration with director Danny Boyle, screenwriter John Hodge and actor Ewan McGregor

1990

Met future collaborator John Hodge at the Edinburgh Film Festival

1989

Was assistant director on "Venus Peter"

1988

Worked as assistant to director Zelda Barron on "Shag"

1985

Had paying job on a film working as a go-fer on "Revolution"

1985

Studied at the American Film Institute

1984

Had first experience working on student films

Began making short films as both producer and director, including "Doctor Reitzer's Fragment" (1991)

Returned to Great Britain

Served as location assistant or location manager on "The Big Man" (1990) and "The Long Day Closes" (1991) as well as the TV series "The Advocates" and "Taggart"

Established Figment Films

Collaborated with brother Kevin on the seven-part Scottish TV series "Shadowing"

Bonus Trivia

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"Emeric [Pressburger] was definitely an inspiration. He made high quality European films which were aimed squarely at the international market and he never just did a film for the money--never compromised." --Andrew Macdonald quoted in the press material for "Trainspotting"

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"All these people just gave us the money and then left us alone. Anything you see is our complete doing, mess or success. We had control on every level from the script to the casting, and to get that we had to make the film for a price." --Andrew Macdonald on working with Danny Boyle and John Hodge, quoted in SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, November 7, 1997

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Just before filming on "The Beach" began in Thailand, the filmmakers were sued by environmentalists who claimed that the movie would destroy the national park. Reacting to the lawsuit, Macdonald told EMPIRE (April 1999): "The argument used against us is that if it's meant to be the most beautiful place in the world then why touch it? Well, it certainly is one of the world's most beautiful places, but it had been touched by a lot of people before we got there. One of the things we had to do was tidy it up: we took three tons of rubbish off that beach."

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In response to charges that the producers paid kickbacks to the local government, he said: "Because the authorities have raped their land to a certain degree, and the government's been corrupt, the vast majority of people here [in Thailand] have no idea that anyone in authority would grant permission to anyone unless they'd taken bribes and lined their own pockets. That just isn't true. . . . "It's become a bit of a nightmare of local politics, to be honest. But hopefully when everybody sees the film, they'll realise it was worth it, and see why we wanted to come here so much." --From EMPIRE, April 1999

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