The Rolex Awards are a set of grants given by the luxury watchmaker, which are open to anyone over the age of 18, of any nationality, whose ground-breaking project is helping to expand knowledge of our world and improve the quality of life on the planet. Candidates can apply in five areas: science and health, applied technology, exploration, cultural heritage and the environment.
It was my task to make films about some of the incredible laureates from the 2019 prize. Spending a week with Grégoire Courtine, for instance, was a truly life-changing experience for me. Grégoire is an eminent neurosurgeon who has dedicated his life to helping paralysed people walk again in defiance of anyone’s expectations. Because I was able to spend a week with the subject I was able to tell a very personal, intimate, impactful human story.