Royal Geographical Society presents ‘We Were Kings’ screening

Royal Geographical Society presents ‘We Were Kings’ screening

*We apologise that this screening scheduled for Wednesday 9 May has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in due course. For further information please contact our box office.


In 1885 the British army invaded Burma and deposed its King. He died in exile, ending a thousand years of monarchy. The royal family vanished, and the country was plunged into war and the longest military dictatorship of modern times. But after a century of silence they are back, and they’re on a journey to bring the family – past and present – back together. Filmed through three years of seismic change in Burma, We Were Kings is the story of a family and a country emerging from the darkness. The film was the winner of the £80,000 Whicker’s World Foundation Funding Award, the largest ever single prize awarded in UK documentary film.

This screening with be followed by a Q & A with producer, Alex Bescoby. Alex Bescoby is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer and presenter with a love of history, travel and storytelling. Alex co-founded independent production company Grammar Productions, to make innovative documentaries that delve deeper into history and how it affects the lives of people and societies around the world today. Since studying politics and history at Cambridge University, his work has taken him to some of the less-travelled corners of the world, including the back-country of Sierra Leone, the remote Peruvian Andes and the insurgent-ridden southern Philippines. His most recent projects, including We Were Kings, have involved filming over several years in far-flung corners of Myanmar (Burma).

The screening is in aid of The Angus McDonald Trust, a Cumbrian charity working in Burma. The charity works with children and adults living with HIV and TB in the slum areas of Yangon, and was founded in memory of acclaimed photojournalist Angus McDonald. For more information visit

Held in association with the North-West Regional Committee of the RGS – the Royal Geographical Society, the learned society for geography and geographers.

75 minutes including Q & A
£15 per ticket

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