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The FOCAL International Awards 2016



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Building Jerusalem

New Black Films Limited   |   UK

  • Victoria Gregory
  • James Erskine
  • Paul Gardner
  • IMG, Sky Sports, ITN Source, Screen Ocean, Press Association

ENGLAND v AUSTRALIA, World Cup Final, 2003. With two minutes left to win, Jonny Wilkinson goes for his trademark drop goal. This time, he's shooting for a place in sporting history... Directed by James Erskine (The Battle of the Sexes, Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist) and produced by Victoria Gregory (Senna, Man on Wire), Building Jerusalem combines scintillating match action and original interviews - including Jonny Wilkinson, Martin Johnson, Clive Woodward, Matt Dawson, and Australians George Gregan and Peter Fitzsimons - with exclusive behind the scenes footage to recount the extraordinary battle to drag England, kicking and scrumming, from amateur underdogs to professional champions.

One of the challenges we faced when making this film, outside of the match footage, was to show how rugby and its players changed from being amateurs to professionals. This would have to be done by subtly using archive of training practices, public appearances and social context material. We were also able to acquire a wealth of never previously broadcast home movie archive from several of our key contributors, which added so much to the already incredible story. It was key in providing a unique insight into the workings of a team of sporting legends.

Free To Run

Point Prod / Yuzu Productions / Eklektik Productions   |   Switzerland, France, Belgium

  • Jean-Marc Frohle, Fabrice Esteve, Marie Besson
  • David Rihs, Christian Popp, Samuel Tilman
  • Pierre Morath
  • Prudence Arndt, Deborah Ford
  • Salmini Films, NBC News, ABC NEWS, RTS, OTAB

Nowadays, millions of people run through the streets of New York, on the mountain trails of Switzerland, in Paris or Sydney, champions rubbing shoulders with unknowns. Yet just 50 years ago, running was an exclusive all-male sport reserved for top athletes competing in the stadium, whose rules were set by antiquated, sexist sporting authorities. How did we get from there to here? Via the stories of pioneering figures like Steve Prefontaine, Fred Lebow, Kathrine Switzer and the creators of the cult magazine Spiridon, FREE TO RUN takes us on an amazing journey, through five decades of the grassroots running movement.

The film is made of 60% of archives, most of them very rarely seen. It covers a period from the 60s to today, uses 53 archives sources from 9 different countries, mixes amateur and professional sources, film, photo and video, and has requested 2 full years of complex archive research, facing multiple layers of rights, lost masters or contracts… a real detective work, uncovering some never seen footage like the film of Kathrine Switer during the 1967 Boston Marathon.

I Believe In Miracles

Baby Cow Productions and Spool Films   |   UK

  • Jonny Owen, Penny Chettle
  • Jonny Owen
  • Matt Appleby
  • ITV Sport, BBC/Getty, MACE (Media Archive for Central England), ITN Source, Kino Library

Britain, 1975: Brian Clough is sacked as manager of Leeds United after just 44 days in charge. Seemingly impossible to work with, Clough's only offer of work comes from a run-down second division club called Nottingham Forest, who are going nowhere fast. Set to a fantastic 70s soundtrack, using unseen footage of games and the great man himself, and including interviews with every player from Clough's European Cup-winning side, I Believe in Miracles is the untold story of how the team nobody believed in and the manager nobody wanted went on to beat the world's best and become one of the greatest sides in British football history.

I Believe in Miracles has been described by the Guardian as "the greatest football film ever made" - rather than the best football documentary ever made. Archive footage has vividly brought to life the memories of a generation of football fans and has created a compelling film to rival the best drama. The film's impact on audiences has been overwhelmingly positive. This couldn't have been achieved without the use of archive footage. The Focal Awards celebrate the valuable contribution of archive and research in the production process and we would be honoured to have that work recognised.

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On the Night...

Kate Adie and Lord Puttnam

Lifetime Achievement Trophy

Kate Adie

Tony, Fiona, Bob

Ray Davies

Raelene and Lee

Jody Winterbottom

Robert and Jenny

Joe Lauro


Anne Johnson and ?

Jessica and Cathy

Raelene and Kev

? and Greg

Janet, Simon, Jo

Victoria Stable (middle)

Obi and guests

Bob, Kate, Tony, Clyde

Amanda Dantas and hostesses

Sue Malden

SKY team

Fremantle MediaArchive

Richard Melman and Simon Wood

Colleen and Alexis STALKR

Restoration team behind MARIUS

Tim Emblem-English (right)

Guests from Universal

Lucie and ?

Victoria, Julie and Susan

Antoine and Susanne

Maggi Cook

Stuart, Steve and Vero

Trevor Phillips

Kate and Denis

Margaret Bodde and Lord Puttnam

Jerry, Jessica, Cathy

Denis and Paul


Bob and Margaret


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Opening Ceremony 2016 Chair Sue Malden and Event Organiser Julie Lewis


Host Kate Adie


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