Academy® and Emmy® Award–winning director and producer Malcolm Clarke began his career in his native England making films for the BBC. He subsequently joined Granada TV’s “World in Action” unit and was assigned to investigate the death of the South African political activist Steven Biko. Shot entirely in secret, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF STEVE BIKO resulted in Biko’s murder becoming a global cause célèbre. After the film won at the Monte Carlo Film Festival, Clarke was invited to New York to produce and direct films for ABC’s Close-Up Documentary Unit.
Clarke’s first US film, the multiple award-winning TERROR IN THE PROMISED LAND, chronicled the recruitment and operations of a Palestinian suicide squad. He has since made films in more than eighty countries and is frequently assigned to portray volatile people in extreme situations. His films have won two Academy Awards, an Emmy, three Ace Awards and numerous awards at international film festivals.
After a period in Los Angeles writing theatrical films, Clarke returned to documentaries to make PRISONER OF PARADISE, a documentary feature about the life and tragic death of Kurt Gerron, a celebrated German/Jewish film director and actor who, while imprisoned in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp, was ordered to make a propaganda film to show the world how “well” the Jews of Europe were treated by their Nazi captors.
PRISONER OF PARADISE was Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and a Directors Guild of America Award, and Clarke won Best Director at the Directors’ Guild of Canada and the coveted John Grierson Award presented by the British Academy of Film & Television.
In February 2014, the Academy of Motion Pictures awarded Clarke’s film THE LADY IN NUMBER 6 the Oscar® for Best Documentary Short Subject, Malcolm Clarke’s fourth Academy Award nomination.
In 2013, inspired by a shared interest in seeing two global superpowers navigate toward a peaceful, respectful, and mutually beneficial relationship, Clarke joined producer William Mundell on a five-year project to create the feature documentary BETTER ANGELS. Released in 2018, the film explores the true potential of the U.S.-China relationship on the political, economic and human level.