Julian York & Bree Tonkin

Screen & Photography

Execution Island

A film detailing an eye witness account of the final hours leading up to the executions of the ‘Bali 9’ duo Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan on 29 April, 2015 which was the beginning of their incredible legacy.

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Three Kings Pictures have received support from Rev. Christie Buckingham – spiritual advisor to one of the ‘Bali 9 duo’, Myuran (Myu) Sukumaran, to make a film project on the legacy left by Myu and Andrew Chan, as told from her perspective.

Rev. Buckingham made a personal promise to Myu and Andrew to continue to keep their legacy alive to ensure they did not die in vain, and that eventually, we will see the abolishment of the death penalty.

We are seeking philanthropic support to create a narrative piece detailing how Rev. Buckingham prepared Myu spiritually in the moments leading up to his eventual execution from her perspective. The focus will be on the duo’s story of redemption, their relationship with Christie, their spiritual wellbeing in the moments before their deaths and how they conducted themselves on the way to their ‘cross’.

This project will act as an important springboard to develop a broader documentary series detailing the specific legacy Myu and Andrew left behind, influencing everyone from fellow inmates, to guards, to helping Aussies back home overcome their own drug addictions.

Of Myu and Andrew, their prison governor described them as model prisoners and testified in court that they should not be executed because of the positive influence they have had on others. The governor stated that they “organised courses in prison, leads the English-language church service and is a mentor to many.”

Making a film of any nature requires a significant investment of time, effort and the collective energy of a lot of talent. To film a professional piece, we believe that effort needs to be remunerated and hence we are seeking your help.

The production team and actors are all donating their time and deferring their fees to see this project to fruition, however, we’d like to secure a professional crew for the filming and post production components of the film shoot hence the need to raise some funds. $5,000 will afford us the opportunity to secure a professional filming crew for production and will also allow us to invest in key elements of post production as well including but limited to music licensing, colour grading and sound mixing.

Upon completion we will submit this project to high profile film festivals. The Sundance Film Festival has already expressed interest after meeting Christie Buckingham at the Good Pitch film initiative in 2016. After the ‘festival circuit’, we will release this to the general public.

We thank you for your consideration to contribute to this project and the legacy of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.

Julian York on behalf of The Three Kings Pictures team

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Julian York & Bree Tonkin

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Julian Grobler is the founder of and film producer at Three Kings Pictures t/a Great Cloud Productions.
Bree Tonkin is a creative and highly driven filmmaker who has worked as producer, director, DOP and editor.

Julian has a passion for stories that have a strong social message and he seeks to use film specifically as a voice for the voiceless. In 2012 he was named by Screen Producers Association of Australia as one of Australia’s emerging producers. He is passionate about telling stories that have impact and influence on a global scale. Julian has recently completed a hybrid documentary short film called Execution Island (2019) looking at the redemption of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, and the short film ‘Gremlins’ shedding light of what it is like to live with male depression. He has also Executive Produced Spouse Rouse (2016) and Melvis (2014).

Bree Tonkin is an aspiring film maker who is creative and highly driven. Prior to graduating, she established her own company which is being sought after and commissioned by large corporations including Yamaha and Resthaven. Bree has created a short documentary and a number of short films where she fulfilled the roles of producer, director, DOP and editor. During her studies, Bree’s eye for detail and professionalism were recognised by The University of Adelaide which lead to her employment as Producer’s Assistant for multiple educational videos in 2018. Bree’s passion for film stems from the ability to bring awareness to issues and evoke emotions that can lead to positive change in society.

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