Lizard King Entertainment is a film and TV production company based in the UK. Founded by producer, writer and director, Carl Mackenzie, the company’s main aim is to develop and produce fresh and dynamic high-concept films and TV projects with commercial appeal, whilst changing the landscape of British independent film by pushing the boundaries of filmmaking.
Carl launched his career in 2015, whilst collaborating on short films with the industry's top up and coming talent. Check out list of Carl's credits on IMDB.
In 2016, Carl wrote, produced and directed short film/TV pilot 'The Interrogation of Olivia Donovan'. The film starred Eva Pope (‘Waterloo Road’, ‘Silent Witness’, ‘Coronation Street’), Ellie Paskell (‘Waterloo Road’, ‘Shameless’) and Cristian Solimeno (‘Footballers’ Wives’, ‘Rush’). The film was screened in a special showcase at BAFTA 195 and was aired as part of the Short Film Show on Showcase TV, where it was awarded Best Fiction/Drama. It was also awarded the Jury Special Mention for Outstanding UK Film at Manchester Film Festival in 2017 and went on to receive nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Eva Pope) at the California Women’s Film Festival in Hollywood, and Best British Short, Best Screenplay and Best Actress (Eva Pope) at the Southampton Film Festival.
The film is now available on Amazon Prime (USA, UK, Canada and Australia) – watch it Here
In addition, Carl is also the founder and CEO of the Chelmsford Film Festival, which he launched in 2017. Chelmsford city’s first ever film festival, Carl is the first and final decision maker on the full running and organisation of the festival. The festival, which is predominantly located at the Everyman Cinema, focuses on promoting local and international talent. On opening the festival presents the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema’. This has been awarded to Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Prevenge) and in 2018, Julian Glover (Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) and in 2019 to Alan Ford (Snatch). Through Carl’s work with the festival, he has strived to inspire and educate the next generation of filmmakers in the local community, by working with the film colleges and universities.
Carl is a member of Directors UK.
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