James Ellington qualified for Team GB and competed at the London Olympics!!
Filmed over four years, Personal Best follows up-and-coming British sprinters on their journey from the grassroots of athletics to the international stage. The film is both a gripping portrait of the athletes in training and competition, and a deeply personal account of their lives unfolding – revealing victory, defeat, agony, ecstasy and the simple trials of growing up.
On the eve of the 2012 Olympics, this film tells the stories of Britain’s young sprinters as they strive towards their dreams. This is an inspiring but genuine portrait of Britain’s youth and a penetrating study of the art of sprinting, peeling back the layers so we can finally understand everything it means to them as they wait on the start line for the gun to fire.
Personal Best features:
James Ellington - 100/200m Sprinter. James has now successfully qualified for Team GB to compete at the London Olympics this year!
Richard Alleyne – 110 Sprint Hurdler. Richard is hoping to qualify for the Olympics in the 110m hurdles.
Jeanette Kwakye – 100m Sprinter. 2008 Olympic Finalist, the first British female to reach an Olympic final since 1984. Jeanette is hoping to qualify for the Olympics in the 100m.
Omardo Anson – 18 years old and at the beginning of his career. 18th fastest in the country over 60m indoors in 2011.
Directed by: Sam Blair
Cast: James Ellington, Richard Alleyne, Jeanette Kwakye, Omardo Anson
Produced by: Jessica Levick
"Beautifully observed, elegantly shot and carefully paced. Powerful documentary debut"
"Motivational viewing, captures the blood sweat and ceaseless commitment needed to compete at the highest levels of sport"
"A unique film, truly about achievement over success"
"Stirring homegrown documentary"
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