Chris started his film career nearly twenty-five years ago and has worked on many movies (including Club Paradise, Cool Runnings, How Stella Got her Groove Back, Cocktail) and hundreds of commercials and music videos.
Born in a rural area of Jamaica, Christopher Browne grew up living the simple life; no telephones, no electricity, and no television until he was twelve. He was schooled in Jamaica and later in England.
Following high school, he moved to the United States where he started his Bachelor of Arts degree at The Atlanta College of Art. In the summer holiday of 1982, he worked as the assistant to his uncle, Perry Henzell, (director of the reggae cult film, THE HARDER THEY COME) on Mr. Henzell’s second feature NO PLACE LIKE HOME. It was at this time that Chris Browne decided on a career in film. He changed his major to Film and went to The Art Institute of Chicago, and later to Columbia College in Chicago
Upon finishing his studies, he returned to Jamaica to work for various foreign film companies which used Jamaica as a location. He was 2nd assistant editor on CLUB PARADISE (1985) and camera assistant on such films as COCKTAIL (1988), and COOL RUNNINGS (1992). In between these jobs, Browne utilized his time, money and talents to write, produce and direct his own short films. These include SO IT GO (1985), CROSSFIRE (1989), STAR (1991), COUNTRY OF THE ONE EYE GOD (1992), FINAL VERDICT (1993), and ENTRY DENIED (1996).
CROSSFIRE (1989) won best short film at the Caribbean Film Festival in Martinique, invited to The London Film Festival and released in Jamaican cinemas to great reviews. In 1990 and 1993, he was awarded a JAMI for direction and cinematography of the Best Music Video (Jamaica’s equivalent to the Grammy.) In 1996, Browne won the JOHN F. KENNEDY FELLOWSHIP of the AMERICAS in film, competing against South and Central America, Canada, and the Caribbean. The Fellowship was to pursue research of current and potential markets in the United States for film.
In 1996, Browne won the honor to produce and direct the pilot for the series UPRISING from Banyan, a film company based in Trinidad. The film, ENTRY DENIED, also written by Browne, won best short film at the International Jamerican Film & Music festival in 1999.
Browne directed his first feature film, THIRD WORLD COP, in 1999 which he also co-wrote for Palm Pictures. It had its world premier in September at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival. The film was released on October 6, 1999 in Jamaica by Palace Amusement. THIRD WORLD COP broke box office records in Jamaica, running for an unprecedented four months. THIRD WORLD COP made more money than THE PHANTOM MENACE and TITANIC in the Caribbean – over 21 million Jamaican dollars. It was distributed internationally by Palm Pictures in Toronto, New York, Miami, and London. (THIRD WORLD COP ran for two months at the Ritzi cinema in Brixton, London.)
“This Palm Pictures production is packed with non-stop action that’ll keep you entertained from start to finish” THE VOICE 28 Feb 2000, London.
After the success of Third World Cop, Browne was given the opportunity to do the first series of commercials for a local bank. This series of three commercials won “Audience Favorite Commercial 2000” at the Peer Awards, Achievement in Advertising for Browne as Writer / Producer / Director. In 2002, Browne was awarded ‘The Doctor Bird’ from his peers for his career achievements and contributions to the Jamaican film industry.