After a hiatus of a few months, Producers, Ben Steel and Sally McLean are back onto the final leg of production and already prepping for the rough cut of the film.
We have now interviewed 42 athletes, friends and family of Franz Stampfl, shot a day of reenactments and begun filming our B-roll footage. We have welcomed Executive Producer, Phil Craig (former Head of Factual, ABC) to the team and continue working with Executive Producer Robert Galinsky (former Marketing, Disney). We have renamed the film to "Champion" and located a dizzying array of archive footage.
Outside of the documentary, Sally has won two awards for Directing with her other project "Shakespeare Republic" and had her work now screened at 30 film festivals internationally. Ben is nearing completion of his own documentary "The Show Must Go On" about mental health in the entertainment business in Australia, which has kept him occupied this last year and Sally has just released Season Two of "Shakespeare Republic" starring Alan Fletcher, Michala Banas, Nadine Garner, Christopher Kirby, Dean Haglund and many others, which is already getting some film festival love, following on from the runaway success of Season One.
So, while we may not have posted an update here for a while, rest assured, we've still been busy!
We still need a bit more cash to complete this film, so expect to hear more from us on that in the coming weeks, but for now we would like to say a huge "thank you" to all our supporters, donors and friends of the film who have got us to this point. We couldn't keep up the work without your invaluable support! We look forward to bringing you more news very soon.
"Success comes from hard work, hard work and more hard work. There are no shortcuts" - Franz Stampfl