Alex Bescoby and Max Jones were the first ever recipient of our £80,000 Funding Award for their project We Were Kings. Focusing on the forgotten monarchy of Myanmar, this documentary follows a family who have spent a century living incognito in their own homeland. After King Thibaw’s death, the country was plunged into decades of civil war and in order to stay out of prison (or at least alive) the royals were forced to hide their identities. Now after an extraordinary year of change, King Thibaw’s great-grandson will attempt to reunite his kin and bring the king’s body back to its righteous homeland.
The world premiere of We Were Kings took place at the British Library in partnership with Open City Documentary Festival in September 2017, and the Myanmar premiere was held in Mandalay in November 2017. The film has been broadcast on television channels across the world. Visit Grammar Productions for more information.
The 2017 Funding Award prize was awarded to Pailin Wedel from Bangkok for Hope Frozen. What happens when a Buddhist scientist from Bangkok decides to freeze his daughter’s brain? When laser scientist Sahatorn’s baby daughter tragically dies of cancer, he invests in a dream of the future that one day she will be awoken and given another chance of life. A tale of grief and scientific progress, this is the story of how a 2 year old girl became the youngest human ever to be cryopreserved. You can watch the trailer here.