Union Commercials, the film production company which launched in August
after the closure of Harry Films, has added two more heavyweight
directors to its roster.
Iain MacKenzie, who left Harry for Rose Hackney two years ago, has
returned, and Robert Golden, best known for his Mr Kipling commercials,
is joining along with his producer of three years, Sandra Yarwood.
The signings take the number of directors to eight and producers to
four, which, according to Union’s joint managing director, Jonathan
Murphy, almost completes the roster, although he added that he was
considering taking on one more producer/director team.
MacKenzie, an Australian, is best known in this country for his British
Airways ‘Up on the Roof’ commercial, which he made through Harry in
1993. With an eclectic style and a background as a lighting cameraman,
his work spans comedy, location shoots and special effects. His other
well-known UK campaigns include KHBB’s Uniroyal work featuring orang-
utans and BMP DDB Needham’s Alliance and Leicester commercials, starring
Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.
Golden, a former stills photographer, had his own production company,
the Golden Seddon Film Company, until 1992, when he went to Stark Films.
When Stark parted company with most of its directors last year, he
joined Lewin and Watson.