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BUY TICKETS 8pm Tuesday 23 July
DIRECTOR Barney Douglas
A documentary about the England men’s cricket team at the peak of their powers and how that affected the men on the team.
This documentary follows the achievements of the England men’s cricket team between 2009 and 2013, when they reached the top of the world rankings. This is a compelling, funny and emotional insight into a band of brothers, their rise to the top, their unmatched achievements and the huge toll it took. Cricket is one of the most psychologically challenging sports and the film explores the ruthless intensity of the game, the impact it can have on players’ mental health and the price of success.
(2019 UK 95 mins)
Featuring candid on-camera interviews with Flower himself, alongside players such as Kevin Pietersen, Jimmy Anderson, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad, what you first of all get then is a souvenir of a time when English cricket hit a real purple patch. Unexpctedly, though, Barney Douglas’s film then asks the question: what price did the players pay? When you’re pushing yourself to be the very best, what is the ramification? As enjoyable as the first half of the movie is, it’s in its second half that it goes deeper and explores the impact of Flower’s approach, and in particular the price several players have to pay when it comes to their mental health. It’s not a straight case of heroes and villaines, and Flower’s own interview is very three dimensional. Simon Brew, Film Stories
This screening is part of Film Feels: Obsession, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at www.filmfeels.co.uk
BBFC advice: Contains strong language
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