Born and raised in Scotland, David Mackenzie started his film career making short films. He first won an award for California Sunshine (1997), a 20-minute film about a pair of small-time drug dealers that starred his younger brother, actor Alastair Mackenzie. In 1999 he won an Audience Award at the Brest European Short Film Festival for Marcie’s Dowry (1999), then in 2000, he placed second for Best Short Film at the Dresden Film Festival for Somersault (1999).
Having completed nine shorts and a documentary, Mackenzie’s first feature length film was the small budget The Last Great Wilderness (2002), which he co-wrote with his brother and Michael Tait (Alastair also starred). But David didn’t gain international attention until he wrote and directed Young Adam (2004), based on the 1954 novel by Alexander Trocchi. Starring Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton, the film won the Best New British Feature award at the 2003 Edinburgh International… read more
Mackenzie's tracking shots in this film have more substance and dexterity than any of Paul Thomas Anderson's efforts. What we get is roving camera as both a sexy invitation to hedonism and a delineator of the film's tonal contrasts, crafting an ornate formal fabric that allows for maximal immersion and expression. Ignatiy's comparison to Sirk in his review is very appropriate. Another fair comparison would be Soderbergh's Magic Mike. Their formal approaches are quite different, but both have plenty to say about 21st century America. This, however, works better as a straight melodrama.
Spread is the story of a character who discovers that he has no depth. He might’ve been a person once, but then he became an actor and