is a documentary and fiction film-maker and producer based in Somerset, England. He was elected as a Liberal Democrat District Councillor for the Shepton West Ward of Mendip District Council in a in July 2010.
Kennedy attended school in Ireland
and studied Architecture
at Edinburgh University
where he edited The Student
newspaper and founded the long-running Festival Times
newspaper with (now broadcaster) Sheena McDonald
. Festival Times
was the first publication to give dedicated and extensive coverage of the Edinburgh Festival
, International Festival
and Film Festival
). He then joined Granada Television
in 1975 and later formed his own independent production company.
Kennedy's films include a series of documentaries on Sir Richard Branson
and adventurer Per Lindstrand
's successful flights across the Atlantic
in 1987, then Pacific
in 1990, and their series of attempts to fly non-stop around the world in a Rozière
balloon in the late 1990s. He shot the film of the world's first circumnavigation of the world by balloon when Swiss psychiatrist, Bertrand Piccard
, and English balloon pilot, Brian Jones
, flew their Breitling Orbiter 3
Rozière balloon over the Mauritanian
coast completing the flight in 19 days, 21 hours, and 55 minutes. This series of films won the Grand Prix at the Jules Verne
Adventure Film Festival in Paris
and the Audience Award at the same Festival.
He produced and directed the Emmy...