Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Disability Sport: 'Murderball' wins award at 2005 Sundance Film Festival

Thanks to Colin Guthrie for passing along this Paralympic News item. 'Murderball' (Think Film Company), a documentary about a unique fame of rugby on wheels, was awarded the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival in January. This film offers a revealing look into an increasingly popular Paralympic Sport. Apparently spectators love the sport, but teams find it difficult to secure corporate sponsorship. This high contact sport really dispels popular stereotypes of disability and sport, that may have been fostered over the years by the Special Olympics. One wonders if we will be able to view 'Murderball' in theaters or on television in the near future.

Update: The New York Times for March 26, 2005 features a review of the film, as it is to be shown in Manhattan over the weekend as part of the New Directors/New Films festival. Be on the lookout as the directors of Murderball move towards commercial release later in the spring.

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Anonymous said...

Help me Dude, I don't think I'm meant to be in this blog..

I was searching for Elvis and somehow ended up here. You know I'm sure I saw Elvis in my local sports bar yesterday, which is really strange because usually I see him in the supermarket.

Honest really, last time buying a few groceries there he was right in front of me, next to the steaks singing "Love me Tender".

He said to me (his lip was only slightly curled) "Boy, you need to get yourself a shiny, new plasma tv to go with that blue suede sofa of yours.

But Elvis said I, In the Ghetto nobody has a plasma tv .

Dude I'm All Shook Up said Elvis. I think I'll have me another cheeseburger then I'm gonna go home and ask ma good ol buddy Michael Jackson to come round and we're gonna watch that waaaay cool surfing scene in Apocalypse Now on my new plasma tv .

And then he just walked out of the supermarket singing. . .

"You give me love and consolation,
You give me strength to carry on "

Strange day or what? :-)

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