1962 Productions Ltd. is the product of two die-hard patriots who want to share the magic of Jamaica with the rest of the world.
Harding and Henzell have combined their decades of experience in Production, Tourism, Marketing and Film to form a new type of company. Their mission is to tell the truth about their homeland in an engaging, entertaining manner at world-class production standards.
Kevin Macdonald - Executive Producer
Kevin Macdonald won an Academy Award as director of One Day in September, which was voted Best Documentary Feature in 2000.
Mr. Macdonald's 2003 feature Touching the Void became the highest-grossing British documentary in U.K. boxoffice history. The film won the Evening Standard and BAFTA Awards for Best British Film.
Last year Mr. Macdonald was a pioneer when he directed Life in a Day, the first user-generated feature-length documentary, which had its world-premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and opened theatrically in July 2011.
His next documentary just completed is simply titled Marley and tells the story of Jamaican icon Bob Marley. That documentary is slated for release in early 2012.
Macdonald's first non-documentary feature was The Last King of Scotland. Forest Whitaker's performance as Idi Amin earned the actor the BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Actor, among other honors. The movie additionally won BAFTA Awards for Best British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay (Jeremy Brock of The Eagle and Peter Morgan), as well as BAFTA (Scotland) Awards for Best Film, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor (James McAvoy). Mr. Macdonald was named Best Director at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).
He next directed State of Play, starring Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck, which earned him a London Film Critics Circle Award nomination and most recently The Eagle starring Channing Tatum.
Mr. Macdonald is the grandson of EmericPressburger, renowned for his filmmaking partnership with Michael Powell. One of his earliest documentaries, The Making of an Englishman, was about his grandfather.
Justine Henzell - Producer
Justine Henzell is an independent film producer and oversees the legacy of THE HARDER THEY COME, the award winning movie, co-written, produced and directed by her father, Perry Henzell, which continues to reach a global audience. The original film, soundtrack and stage musical will soon be joined by a remake of the original film. The remake is scheduled for release in 2012 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the original.
In 2010, Justine co-produced the independent feature film GHETT'A LIFE written and directed by Chris Browne which was released in July 2011.
In addition Justine is the Production director and one of the founders of the Calabash International Literary Festival. 2010 marked the 10th staging of this world acclaimed literary festival. In the spirit of Calabash, Jakes, the boutique hotel owned by the Henzell family, will celebrate Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence with a literary festival in Treasure Beach, Jamaica at the end of May 2012.
Zachary Harding - Producer
Zachary Harding is the owner and Managing Director of Agency20Seven - an advertising, marketing and new media company who's major clients include Heineken, Cable and Wireless Caribbean (LIME) and National Commercial Bank.
His career started out in advertising, working at two of Jamaica's leading advertising agencies. His career spans various senior management positions including CEO, Director of Marketing and Conversion Development Manager at companies such as Appliance Traders, Wisynco Group, Red Stripe (Diageo) and Grace Kennedy. Harding was seconded to the Jamaican government (2008 – 2010) where he served as Special Adviser to the Minister of Tourism, and Deputy Director of Tourism at the Jamaica Tourist Board. Harding was part of a delegation who led the governments public relations efforts in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games. He is passionate about "Brand Jamaica" and has been sought after in many fora for his opinion on ways to better market the country of his birth.
Zachary is a past board member of the Urban Development Corporation, St. Ann Development Corporation, Montego Bay Freeport Ltd., Harmonisation Ltd., Jamaica Football Federation Marketing Committee and the National Gallery. He currently serves on the boards of the Gleaner owned Independent Radio Company Ltd. (Power 106, Music 99), the "Jamaica 50" Planning committee, the National Education Trust and the Port Authority of Jamaica.