Mark Henderson is a an award-winning freelance documentary filmmaker.
Mark has worked in the British television industry for over 20 years and has directed and produced documentaries and factual series for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five and SKY, as well as several US networks. An acclaimed self-shooter, he has filmed subjects as diverse as teenage pregnancy, gender variance in children, the UK adoption system, homelessness and the British aristocracy.
In 2008, Mark won a Royal Television Society Award for the BBC1 series, Famous Rich and Homeless. The follow up series, Famous, Rich and In The Slums with Comic Relief, was shortlisted for a 2011 Grierson Award.
Mark's first feature length documentary, My Kidnapper, was released in UK cinemas in February 2011 to critical acclaim. The film has subsequently screened on More4 in the UK and in over 30 countries worldwide. Six years in the making, the film tells the story of Mark's own kidnapping in Colombia in 2003 and his return to South America to meet with his kidnappers. It has played at over 25 international film festivals including IDFA (Best of Fests) and Sheffield DocFest. My Kidnapper scooped the Best Documentary Award at the Omaha Film Festival and Mark and his co-director won the Best Director Award at the Ourense International Film Festival in Spain.
Mark has recently started directing commercials, both TV and online, and has worked with several high-profile clients including Sainsburys, EDF, L'Oreal, O2, Vodaphone and Wilkinson Sword. In 2012, he worked as Creative Director of a two-hour live event celebrating Oxfam's 70th birthday and has made several short films for the charity.