Brother made documentary about sibling who has Down's Syndrome
26th August 2021

Filmmaker who made a documentary about travelling with his brother who has Down’s Syndrome reveals a Vietnamese scam artist offered to ‘CURE’ sibling for $100

  • Nick and Alex Bourne travelled the world for documentary called Handsome
  • Visited New York City, Mumbai, Vietnam to meet others with Down’s Syndrome
  • The duo appeared on This Morning today where they were praised by viewers  

Two brothers who made a documentary about how different cultures view people with Down’s Syndrome have revealed some ‘very dark places’ they visited during their trip – even coming across someone who claimed to be able to ‘cure’ the condition for money in Hanoi, Vietnam.  

Nick Bourne, 29, filmed his experiences travelling the world with his brother Alex, 26, who has Down’s Syndrome, for their film Handsome, which will be released later this month. 

The pair experienced Speaking on This Morning today, Nick said that they made the documentary because they were ‘anxious’ about what Alex’s future holds, and because there was ‘nothing else like it’. 

Viewers quickly took to Twitter after the segment, with one writing: ‘Love the brotherly bond with Alex and and his big brother on.’ 

Nick Bourne, 29, (right) filmed their experiences travelling the world with his brother Alex, 26, (left) who has Down’s Syndrome, for their film Handsome, which will be released later this month

Nick admitted that he was ‘a little bit ashamed growing up, of Alex’, but that he feels it’s important to accept his feelings to move on. 

‘I love him now’, he said. ‘I think it’s important to do something that so you are truthful and say it’s okay to have those feelings and recognise them and learn and move on from them.’ 

He went on: ‘Just kind of at parties, social events, at school it was just I didn’t to be want him around my friends because he was different. But that feeling is okay, let’s talk about it and recognise it.’  

Nick added he did the documentary because he felt ‘there was nothing like it’ out there. 

Nick admitted to hosts Ruth Langsford and Eammon Holmes that he was ‘a little bit ashamed growing up, of Alex’, but that he feels it’s important to accept his feelings to move on

Nick and Alex visited Cornwall, New York City, Mumbai and Hanoi to make their documentary – recalling an incident where a scammer offered to ‘cure’ Alex for $100

He said: ‘I always felt maybe when Alex grows up, there will be fears and anxiety about when my parents go, hope are we going to cope. What’s on the horizon for Alex so it was important to do I felt and there’s nothing like it.’ 

In the documentary, Nick and Alex visited Cornwall, New York City, Mumbai and Hanoi  – recalling an incident where a scammer offered to ‘cure’ Alex for $100. 

‘When we started making it we thought this was going to be a very loving fun adventure, but we came across people who were different to Alex and I’, said Nick. 

‘Down’s Syndrome was something they didn’t want to talk about and by the time we got to Vietnam there were some very dark places we went to.    

Viewers quickly took to Twitter after the segment, with one writing: ‘Love the brotherly bond with Alex and and his big brother on.’

‘As brothers i’m thinking, I don’t want to push the boundaries too far but it was important to show it for an audience to tell the truth

 ‘We saw someone who said if we give them $100 there’s a 60 per cent charge Alex could be cured and they take money from tourists who are happy to pay this.’ 

Viewers were touched by the pair’s story with one taking to Twitter to write: ‘What a beautiful story. If this teaches you anything today. Never take life for granted. Push yourself and never have regrets. A really beautiful inspirational story for anyone with a disability or with Down’s Syndrome.’ 

Another said: ‘We take life for granted so much, and we can be so selfish. Their bond is unbreakable, what a beautiful story. ‘ 

‘What an amazing love between these brothers’, wrote a third viewer. 

 

 

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