SCOTTISH FILM SPECIAL
Andrew Macdonald & John Hodge
BIG BREAK Producing and writing Shallow Grave (1994).
PAST Macdonald (left), grandson of writer- producer Emeric Pressburger, worked in various capacities on Revolution, Shag, The Big Man and Venus Peter. Hodge (right) studied medicine at Edinburgh University and still works from time to time as a doctor. Together, under the Figment Films banner and with director Danny Boyle, they made thriller Shallow Grave; followed by Trainspotting, the most profitable film in the world in 1996, for which Hodge was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. FUTURE Third film with Boyle, the romantic comedy A Life Less Ordinary, is due for possible Edinburgh Film Festival world premiere in August; have bought the rights to Alex Garland’s New Age, South Asia-set novel The Beach. Hodge is adapting British crime novel White Merc With Fins and writing an episode for the tri-part movie Alien Love Triangle. DNA Films - Macdonald and Four Weddings AndA Funeral producer Duncan Kenworthy — was awarded one of the first three National Lottery film production franchises, worth £29 million, to make sixteen films for British audiences over the next five years.
10 THE LIST 3o May—12 Jun i997
BIG BREAK Directing Silent Scream.
PAST Former shipyard worker who rose to fame on the stage at Glasgow’s Citizens' Theatre. Directed the original Slab Boys Trilogy at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre and was artistic director of 7:84 Theatre Company for three years. Broke into films playing Jimmy Boyle in A Sense Of Freedom; other acting highlights include Hope And Glory, Venus Peter and Malcolm McLaren in Sid And Nancy. For
teIeVision, directed Black And Blue, A Woman’s Guide To Adultery and Cardiac Arrest; as feature film director, the award-winning Silent Scream, The Hawk and Glasgow noir The Near Room.
FUTURE As an actor, is Currently in Dublin for a small role in Jim Sheridan’s The Boxer With Daniel Day Lewis; in Michael Caton-Jones’s The Jackal, plays the Russian mafia chief who hires hitman Bruce Willis. As director, in pre-production on two films — Arizona, a gangster mowe set in England and Hamburg, with Sean Bean and Timothy Spall; and Under The Skin, about a female doctor married to a US politiCian who becomes embrOiIed With a murderer in the
BIG BREAK Directing Small Faces.
PAST Studied mural painting at Glasgow School of Art before movmg to London to teach art and work as a freelance cartoonist. Television features began with Conquest Of The South Pole and continued With homeless drama The Grass Arena and Jimmy McGovern's Needle. Cinema beckoned with Irish period piece The Playboys, a trip to Hollywood to work with Steve Martin on A Simple Twist Of Fate, the award-winning Small Faces (co-written With producer brother Billy), and the Stephen Rea-Richard Harris drama Trojan Eddie.
FUTURE Bringing Pat Barker’s story of convalescing World War I poets to the screen in Regeneration. Rumoured to be preparing to shoot Esther Freud’s novel Hideous Kinky, adapted by his brother Billy.
BIG BREAK Producing The
PAST Born in Arbroath, and was with STV and the BBC before becoming director of the Edinburgh Film Festival from 1973—80. Worked tWice in the US — as Curator of the Pacific Film Archive at Berkeley University and as Senior Vice President of Creative Affairs for Europe under David Puttnam at Columbia Pictures. Films as independent producer include Defence Of The Realm, The Reflecting Skin and Roddy DOyle's ’Barrytovvn Trilogy’ — The Commitments, The Snapper and The Van. FUTURE Producmg Life Of Stuff With writer/director Simon Donald. Continues to work With Roddy Doyle and their Deadly Films production company on future proiects. Currently Governor of the British Film Institute. Part of the Anglo-French Pathe Pictures consortium, winners of a £33 million National Lottery film production franchise.