feature documentary

Secrets of the Forbidden City

Best Music for a Documentary
APRA Screen Music AWARD (2008)

The extraordinary true story behind the building of the largest palace on earth, The Forbidden City in Beijing

Mark Lewis
Stephan Boje
Karin Steininger
Prod Company:
Lion TV
BBC2, The History Channel
secrets of the forbidden city dvd

“Strewn across the gleaming black floor of the imperial harem like blood-stained butterflies pinned to a board, the beautiful young concubines in Beijing’s Forbidden City appeared at first to be sleeping, but the crimson pools of blood around their silken robes told a different story.”

Daily Mail, 03 May 2008

“This documentary, which is sexed up with the usual Gilbert and Sullivan-style dramatisations, tells the story of this magnificent and merciless endeavour. It seems an unimaginable achievement – until you consider that half the world’s steel and one third of its concrete are being used to transform modern-day Beijing. Then, as now, with the help of a centralised economy and a one-party state, the Chinese don’t mess around.”

Times OnLine, 10 May 2008