Filmmaker Kevin MacDonald was among the big winners at the ninth British Independent Film Awards in London on Wednesday night.
MacDonald was named Best Director for The Last King Of Scotland, a film about Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. The film also won Best Technical Achievement for its Cinematography.
Scots-born MacDonald is the grandson of noted Hungarian filmmaker Emeric Pressburger who escaped Nazi persecution in Europe, and the brother of Trainspotting and 28 Days Later producer Andrew MacDonald,
He was previously best known for his work as a documentary filmmaker and won the Best Documentary Oscar in 2000 for One Day In September. The film told the story of Israeli hostages being held and killed at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
MacDonald also won Best British Film at the 2004 Baftas for Touching The Void, a docu-drama focusing on an expedition to the Peruvian Andes which went wrong.
His writing credits include a definitive biography of his grandfather Emeric Pressburger.
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