Format 35mm, Eastman Colour, length 11mins.
Conceived, animated and directed by GED HANEY. Words and music by GED HANEY. Produced by Lee Stork. Pearly Oyster Productions 1992 c Channel four
This is the story of a pair of siamese twins. The action takes place almost entirely within the confines of the fairground in which they live and work. The only times that we see beyond the confines of this little world are in the twins' dreams of breaking free; of the fairground and one another.
One twin dreams of scoring a hat- trick for England in the 1966 World Cup Final, while the other twin dreams of being Elvis Presley with hordes of screaming fans drooling over every little wiggle of his hips. These two incompatable fantasies serve to highlight the twins' alienation from the fairground and their detestation of each other.
Ultimately, and at it's most basic level, The Kings of Siam is about the conflicting elements that combine to make up a single personality, and how should one or more of these elements remain unfulfilled or undernourished, this can escalate downwards into mental illness.