Lindsey Merrison

© Lindsey Marrison© Lindsey MerrisonAnglo-Burmese filmmaker and producer Lindsey Merrison has seven award-winning feature-length documentary films to her credit set in Australia, Germany and Myanmar.

She is the founder of the Yangon Film School, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the sustainable development of a diverse media culture in Myanmar. YFS has produced over fifty short films, many of which are now screening at international film festivals and winning awards.

© Lindsey Merrison

© Lindsey Merrison

© Lindsey Merrison

Film list:

Filmography (selection)

Talking Broken (Producer), 1990 Dir: Frances Calvert, 78 mins, 16mm. A witty portrait for Channel Four and arte of the Torres Strait Islanders, Australia’s ‘other’ indigenous minority, made in association with Channel Four.

Last Year in Germany (Producer), 1989/1991, 100 mins, 16mm. Dirs: Dagmar Benke, Lars Barthel, Beate Schönfeldt, Jürgen Seidler. Documentary for Channel Four and Bayerische Rundfunk chronicling the year from the fall of the Berlin wall to the reunification of Germany.

Two Men (Producer), 1993, 89 mins, 16mm. Dir: Dagmar Benke. Two brothers – one a teacher and the other an army major – meet again after a lifetime on different sides of the Berlin wall.

Our Burmese Days (Director and producer), 1996, 90 mins, 35mm. Made in association with WDR and YLE, this documentary follows the filmmaker’s journey with her Anglo-Burmese mother and uncle back to the country of their birth, where a tragicomic drama about the meaning of the past and cultural identity ensues.

Cracks in the Mask (Producer), 1997, 57 mins, Super 16mm/Blow Up 35mm, Dir: Frances Calvert. Made for WDR, SBS (Australia) and Swiss Television, this multi-award-winning documentary looks at the issue of the repatriation of artefacts from some of the world’s greatest museums to their original owners in the Torres Strait in Australia.

Friends in High Places (Director and producer), 2001, 86 mins, 35mm. Award-winning film for WDR/ARTE, SBS, NRK, SF DRS and YLE, that takes an unusual look at Myanmar, where a lively cult peopled by talented mediums, many of them homosexual, makes life under the generals more bearable.


  • Audience Award, Ethnofilmfest Berlin for Cracks in the Mask
  • Best Film (ex aequo) 3 Ethnofilmfest Berlin for Cracks in the Mask
  • Estonian National Museum Award, Pärnu International Documentary Film Festival, Estonia for Cracks in the Mask
  • First Prize XV. Fernsehworkshop Entwicklungspolitik, Cologne for Cracks in the Mask
  • Best Documentary, International Visual Arts Festival Mediawave, Györ, Hungary for Cracks in the Mask
  • Award for Outstanding Documentary, Pärnu International Documentary Film Festival, Estonia for Friends in High Places
  • Award of Commendation from the American Society of Visual Anthropology in 2003 for Friends in High Places
  • Special Mention Award, Regards neufs, Visions du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland, 2010
  • Special Mention Award, Festival International du Film d’environment, Paris, 2010
  • Special Mention award, Film South Asia Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • FIPRESCI International Critics Award, Mumbai, India, 2012

Lindsey Merrison
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