Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New 2 part award winning Usain Bolt documentary to air on BBC

A new 2 part documentary about Olympic and World 100 metre record holder Usain Bolt is scheduled to show on the BBC in february 2012.

The documentary trailer for "Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive" (2x 60mins) has recently received a prestigious 'Golden Podium Award' for it's trailer at Sportel, the international Sports Convention for Television and New Media in Monaco. The trailer features the amazing and tension-building drama of the false start in Daegu’s World Championship.

For the 22nd year in a row, the Golden Podium Awards have rewarded the directors of the world’s best sports TV images. The best sequences were screened during the awards ceremony, presided by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco on Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

Producer/Director of the winning two-part documentary Gael Leiblang has secured exclusive access to Usain Bolt and has been filming up close and personal with Bolt over the last 12 months as he prepares for the biggest race of his life. The films have been produced for France 2 in France and presold to BBC One in the UK.

Produced by French production company Elephant Doc (part of Elephant & Co) for France 2, Zodiak Rights has presold Usain Bolt: The Fastest (1x60’) and Usain Bolt: The Legend (1x60’) to BBC ONE in the UK.

In the London 2012 Olympics Usain Bolt will try to retain his three Olympic titles and his three world records. On the night of the 100m final, over 4 billion viewers will watch him as he attempts to enter the history books by becoming the first man ever to retain the 100m gold medal.

The first film "Usain Bolt: The Fastest" is an intimate portrait of the fastest man on earth told by his relatives in Jamaica. Made with his complete cooperation it features Bolt in his home environment away from the cameras. It also features all the people who have helped get Bolt to the top of his profession – his first coach, his relatives, his best friends and the Jamaican national coach. (This film is available in Feb-March 2012.TBC)

The second film "Usain Bolt: The Legend",  an in-depth account of his life during the 2012 Olympic Games will feature the build up to the 2012 Olympics and follow Bolt in a fly on the wall style through his preparation and then the games themselves as he tries to retain his coveted gold medal. This film will be available immediately after the 2012 Olympics August 2012.
At 25 years old, Usain Bolt is the quickestman on the planet. An extraordinary athlete. A legend. In 2012, he will try to become the first man to win the 100m gold medal on the track in two consecutive Olympic Games. But how can a man 6’5’’ tall and built like a rugby player be so fast?

Zodiak Rights holds worldwide rights to both documentaries excluding France, and will be launched to the international market at the forthcoming MIPCOM.

More info soon....

(not to be confused with the BBC documentary 'The Fastest Man who has ever lived' from 2011 or 'Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast?')

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