John Mackenzie

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Birth Place: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Birth Date: August 16, 1932
Occupation: Director, Miscellaneous Crew

John Mackenzie Biography


A solid and reliable filmmaker with frequent flairs of brilliance, Mackenzie gave up a career in acting because of a desire to control what he was doing. He assisted Ken Loach on his classic early TV plays such as "The Wednesday Play: Cathy Come Home (#1.71)" (1966), which inspired him and gave him the best training a TV director could dream of. It also taught him how to work with local people when filming on location and how to work quickly. But his interest was more in storytelling than political filmmaking and he began directing himself, with fabulous results. He made three features early in his career, the best being Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971), a superb Hitchcockian thriller which proved his skill at suspense, something his no-one seemed to remember for another ten years. He returned to TV to enjoy the golden age on "Play for Today" (1970), and formed a fruitful collaboration with Scottish writer Peter McDougall for four brilliant films. The first, "Play for Today: Just Another Saturday (#5.15)" (1975), won the Prix Italia. Mackenzie also directed Dennis Potter's "Play for Today: Double Dare (#6.24)" (1976) superbly and produced a huge body of work including "Play for Today: Red Shift (#8.13)" (1978), "Play for Today: A Passage to England (#6.9)" (1975) and "Play for Today: Shutdown (#4.7)" (1973). Always, he showed a brilliant ability to draw honest and natural performances from his actors, and frequently cast comedians or singers. He moved to features decisively with The Long Good Friday (1980) but a decade spent in Hollywood proved unfulfilling, artistically. Although he has never achieved the recognition he richly deserves, Mackenzie is one of Britain's finest filmmakers.

John Mackenzie Movies / TV-Shows


Quicksand (2003)
When the Sky Falls (2000)
Looking After Jo Jo (1998)
Screen Two Deadly Voyage (1996)
Voyage (1993)
Ruby (1992)
The Last of the Finest (1990)
The Fourth Protocol (1987)
Act of Vengeance (1986)
Beyond the Limit (1983)
The Long Good Friday (1980)
A Sense of Freedom (1979)
Play for Today Just Another Saturday (1975)
Country Matters (1972)
Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971)
Play for Today (1970)
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