Christene Browne was born in St Kitts, but grew up in Toronto. Her love for film production stemmed from her involvement in the Regent Park Video workshop project, where she contributed to the production of many documentaries about the community. Having attended film school, Browne started her own production company, Syncopated Productions in 1990. She has worked independently and has also done projects with the National Film Board of Canada, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, OMNI TV, TVO and many others.
Her films have won numerous awards and have been screened and broadcasted internationally. In 1999 Browne completed the semi-autobiographical film, ‘Another Planet’, her first dramatic feature film and the first feature film to be directed by a Black woman in Canada.
In 2007 she produced ‘Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language’ a ground breaking five part documentary series that looks at the History of Language from prehistoric time to the present day. For this she won the Women’s International Film and Television Showcase Foundation Best Documentary Award.
Most recently Browne completed her first novel, ‘Two Women’, a cautionary tale about two women who share the same soul. In addition to her film and literary work, Browne has also worked as a film programmer, curator and media arts instructor. Browne has always been a conscientious person and her productions are always thought provoking and enlightening. She has never been afraid to tackle and bring to light many hard hitting topics such as poverty, social inequaliites and the welfare system.
Christene Browne Caribbean 1st absolutely salutes you.