From the Amazon to Afghanistan, from Mexico to Mongolia, Maya Vision International’s crews cover the world, entertaining, educating and inspiring global audiences for more than 30 years.
Our diverse range of dramas and documentaries bring history alive, celebrate great art and artists, provoke social change and explain a complex world for each new generation of viewers. Whether celebrating British history or the Story of China, investigating the shadowy origins of Islam or following modern pilgrims on the world’s most Sacred Journeys, Maya Vision International is an industry leader and winner of many of television’s top awards.
Collegial and committed to great storytelling, we work with the best crews and on-screen presenters from Britain and around the world. And while documenting past and present, we are proud of having nurtured young talent to successful careers through our short film production.
Maya Vision International produces across all media platforms, from broadcast television to theatrical to corporate and the web, and our programs are trusted and celebrated around the world.
Following the model of the highly praised Story of India, the Story of China aims to place contemporary China within its historical and cultural context. Travelling across China, Michael Wood shows how Chinese civilisation developed, telling the story of the rulers and the historians, poets and philosophers and ordinary men and women who defined its path.
Papyrology expert, Margaret Mountford goes in search of the truth behind the legend of Sappho – the most controversial writer of the ancient world and the first authentic woman’s voice in western history. The mysterious discovery of a lost papyrus containing the words to songs unheard for seventeen hundred years sends Margaret on a journey to explore the truth about Sappho. Was she indeed the first lesbian, a priestess, prostitute, a stern schoolmistress or an aristocratic lady of leisure as readers over the centuries have variously alleged? We ask how each generation’s view of the archetypal liberated woman of letters tells us as much about us and our fears and concerns as it does about her.
From January to March, 2015, we have been filming in Athens and on the beautiful island of Lesbos, as well as in Oxford and London. Produced by Sally Thomas and directed by Jack MacInnes, our crew are Fred Fabre, and Andrej Bako.
Look out for transmission on BBC Four in April 2015.
‘this film certainly hit the mark by bringing into sharp relief not only the heroic sacrifices of individuals but the extraordinary military effort and collective ingenuity it took to turn the tide against Germany’. Daily Telelgraph
“Holland’s ‘Untold Story’ has all the elements of a great documentary” Huffington Post
‘It’s a sort of love letter to Britishness, wide ranging, beautifully filmed’
‘hugely informative and full of good humour’
‘Nobody does this sort of thing better.’
This week’s most awesome documentary Michael Wood marvels at ancient origins in a history of India The Times.
“An exuberant, plush and poetic geography-biography…A heady, humbling film.” The Guardian
“Fabulous television – fascinating and beautifully filmed.” Daily Mail
“An extraordinary road movie. Beautifully filmed and essential viewing” THE TIMES
Living history is a very difficult thing to make work, especially when it comes to blending scholarship and jollity.
You will never, I venture, see it done as well as it was here. Daily Telegraph
Story of England is the best thing I have seen on TV for a long time. British Museum
“Beguiling. Mr Feiler is an engaging and informed guide. Three splendid hours.” Wall Street Journal
“Wood’s trek reveals as much about modern England as it does about its past, building a seamless, invisible bridge between past and present.” LA Times
“Refreshingly, political tales and anecdotes raise the bar of quality in a new docu about Shakespeare” The Hollywood Reporter
“It’s documentaries like this that can make a difference” The Birmingham Post
Nominated for BAFTA – Best Documentary
Silver Nymph Award for Best Current Affairs
Documentary Critics Prize at Monte Carlo Television Festival