in 1936 in Port Maria, Jamaica, Perry Henzell was
raised on Caymanas Estate and attended Jamaica College
until he was sent to school in England at fourteen.
He entered McGill University in Montreal at the
age of seventeen and began working in the drama
department of the BBC television studios in London
at the age of twenty. He returned to Jamaica at
the age of twenty-three and founded Vista Productions.
During the 1960s he made over 200 commercials and
established a studio in Kingston.
Mr. Henzell is the director, producer and co-writer
of Jamaica’s first feature film, The Harder
They Come, which was released in 1972. During the
1980s, he worked on numerous screenplays for other
people and directed a full-scale musical on the
life of Marcus Garvey. Power Game, his first novel
was the political thriller Power Game, which was
published in 1982. This second novel, Cane, a historical
drama, was published in 2003. He is currently working
on a sequel to The Harder They Come and a Broadway
musical based on the movie.
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