DEATH OF A GENTLEMAN

DEATH OF A GENTLEMAN

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“Rousing, Powerful, Persuasive and Gripping” BFI

“World cricket furore rivals FIFA scandal” The Cricket Paper

“Not even into cricket, but Sampson Collins and Jarrod Kimber’s Death of a Gentleman film is astonishing #sheffdocfest #changecricket” Matt Wiggins

“A sweeping, impassioned and polemical chronicle of how the game’s governance has been taken out of the hands of the International Cricket Council and placed in the hands of the ‘Big Three’” The Telegraph

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

What would you do if something you loved was dying? What if the sport that created your heroes and the back-story to your life, was in danger of disappearing?

 

Test cricket is a game that has no right to exist in the 21st century. The five-day game is the purest form of the second most popular sport on earth, representative of tradition, history and identity. Yet as the short attention spans of a new generation dictate immediacy, and cricket’s administrators chase the money from the sports rights boom, the Test game is in danger of being swamped by its shorter, sexier, more financially viable cousin ‘Twenty20’. Money corrupts the best of intentions, and as the men in charge rub their hands with glee, the Gentleman’s game is now a product left at the back of the shelf.

 

Two cricket fans who became journalists, Old Etonian Sam Collins and larrikin Aussie Jarrod Kimber, from opposite ends of the social and geographic scale but united by their love of Test cricket, join forces to try to help save it.

They embark on an idealistic journey across the cricketing empire to find the answer to the question ‘Is Test cricket dying?’

 

Yet as their investigation gets under way they realise they have stumbled across a sporting scandal far bigger than they could ever have imagined, and it is cricket itself that is under threat.

 

The next three years see them travel the world trying to gather hard evidence, befriend whistle-blowers and stay under-the-radar long enough to get the film out into the public domain.

 

They talk to the players, ex-players, broadcasters, journalists, administrators and fans. They venture, often uninvited, into boardrooms, offices, hotel rooms and even the home of cricket itself, Lord’s, looking for answers as to who is responsible, and trying to find a way to save the game they love.

 

Along the way they befriend journeyman cricketer Eddie Cowan as he prepares to make his Test debut for Australia in front of 70,000 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Eddie is the guy doing what they always dreamed of. His infectious love for Test cricket helps convince them that Test cricket is still relevant, that it is worth saving.

 

As a story of deceit, incompetence and greed unfolds; one man is living his dream, while two others are trying to keep theirs from dying; and as Eddie’s future teeters in the balance, so too does the future of cricket itself.

 

Death of a Gentleman is not a nostalgic look back at a sport that professionals played against amateurs while stopping for tea. It’s a modern morality tale about a future where sport and money collide, India as a super-power, the curse of the professional administrator and set in a world where fans are better connected to (but more disconnected from) their heroes than ever before.

 

More than that, it is a final call; not just to cricket fans and administrators, but everyone in a rapidly changing world. If you care about something that’s in danger, then don’t pass the buck, do something about it.

 

Before it’s too late.

Desixpress is a monthly supplement within The Asian Today newspaper. Providing you the latest news, gossip, events, interviews from the entertainment industry.

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