Founded by the grace fund and grain media, Grace Labs is a bespoke development hub devoted to the climate and biodiversity crises. We develop world-class, innovative non-fiction and scripted films, series and streaming content with an emphasis on impact and inspiring positive social, cultural and political change.

We believe story and purpose are everything.

We harness the power of inspirational storytelling to empower audiences and catalyse change.

Never lecturing, always emotional, our projects champion the most pressing challenges of our time through compelling human stories.

Brought to life by the multi-award winning team at Grain Media, sensitively crafted micro narratives tackle macro subjects which resonate with wide audiences across the globe and beyond the eco-bubble.

Catalytic filmmaking is our 'secret' formula - carefully combining sometimes seemingly small story elements to produce enormously explosive results.

Every one of our major projects is accompanied by a bespoke impact campaign, transforming audiences into active contributors and giving them the tools to have genuine impact.

Productions:

TIGERS: HUNTING THE TRAFFICKERS

This hard-hitting investigative film featuring royal marine commando, Aldo Kane, highlights the plight of a majestic species on the brink of extinction. from tiger wine breweries, to basement tigers ready for slaughter, frozen tiger cubs in freezers and covert filming of illegal traders, Tigers: Hunting the Traffickers exposes a dark and murky world where tiger farms drive consumer demand for illegal tiger products.

RELEASE

2020 - BBC1 and iplayer

IMPACT

Following the investigation, and with the help of evidence gathered by the film crew, the tiger farm owner in Laos was arrested and sentenced to 6 years in jail. Long-term, the film hopes to achieve a wider reaching legacy through educating and changing policy in the key tiger range countries. The film received extensive press coverage and created a far reaching debate about the moral and legal implications of farming tigers and its impact on wild tiger numbers. Following the Corona pandemic, and the now very real dangers the illegal wildlife trade has on animal, environmental and human health, the film is being used by conservation NGOs such as the EIA to educate and advocate for the closure of all illegal wildlife markets and trade. Through twitter, and other social media outlets the film continues to arouse outrage. In 2021, a number of NGOs will be using the film for events globally advocating for the complete cessation of the trafficking and illegal breeding of tigers.

The Reviews

The documentary was produced like an edge-of-the-seat thriller.

The Telegraph

A powerful and unsettling film.

The Times, Critic’s Choice

A nature programme like no other.

The Daily Mirror

Pick of the Week

Total TV, Closer, TV Times, What’s on TV, The Mirror, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph

Pick of the Day

Radio Times, TV Choice, Daily Mail, Daily Star, Daily Mail, The Times, The Guardian

GLOBAL GOALS/UNITED NATIONS - FIGHT BACK

series of short films for the Tribeca/YouTube to inspire action against climate change: you can run from air pollution, but you can't hide. that's the premise of this high-energy sequence, set in a big city under a hazy fog of air pollution. will our heroine escape dangerous pollution, or will she become trapped? it all comes down to the viewer's choices: a skip takes her to danger and uncertainty, while a view results in her finding the air to breathe—and her voice to demand action.

the high-profile campaign was a collaboration with youtube and the un to raise awareness of un sustainability goal 13: climate action in the uk and drive action. the dynamic series of attention-grabbing films exploit youtube sequencing technology for maximum impact and were shown throughout the youtube platform.

RELEASE

2020 - YouTube

IMPACT

The series increased YoY traffic to GlobalGoals.org by 120% and led to an 80% increase in new visitors. The campaign sparked 20+ press articles from around the world.

FROM DEVIL'S BREATH

Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, 40-minute film, FROM DEVIL’S BREATH tells the unlikely story of two remarkable narratives that come crashing together; the extraordinary, inspiring community of survivors of the deadly 2017 wildfires in Portugal, fighting to ensure what they’ve lived through can never happen again; and a revolutionary, world-changing scientific discovery which could help protect us all from the climate emergency.

In collaboration with TIME Studios, FROM DEVIL'S BREATH will be distributed worldwide in early 2022.

RELEASE

2021 - Cinema - 2022 - Worldwide streamer

IMPACT

A worldwide impact campaign was launched in Autumn 2021 focusing on leading the audience to the RESTOR.ECO platform - a global hub for the restoration movement, aka the Google Maps for restoration, which evolved alongside the film. RESTOR was nominated for the Earthshot prize and, as of Dec 2021 has 80,000 restoration projects signed up to it, who, as a result, now have access to data which could boost the success of their efforts immeasurably.

FROM DEVIL'S BREATH has already been shown at key climate events, including TED Countdown and twice at COP26 in both the NYT climate hub and by the UN to help their Decade of Restoration. The film will continue to be a crucial tool for the UNEP. The impact campaign will continue until beyond public release.

In Production:

title confidential until release 2023

SUMMARY

genre-busting, high-profile feature documentary which will explode out of the climate bubble and attract a fresh, global audience.

In Commissioned Development:

SUMMARY

Confidential development of major feature documentary and perspective-changing series for Netflix.

we welcome ideas from and collaboration with independent filmmakers and production companies.

for more information contact:
chloe.leland@grainmedia.co.uk