Paralympic Feels: Rising Phoenix


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Rising Phoenix is not your average movie. It will leave you gasping for air, searching for solutions, questioning your perceptions. Just released on Netflix, it's an evocative, emotional celebration of the Paralympic Games with particular focus on a “cast” of athletes telling their true stories. It’s an astonishing film, full of hope and potential, with a 'can-do' attitude. But the dramatic, inside story of how close Rio 2016 came to not happening - the Paras deemed dispensible, seemingly, by the Brazilian government - is a story never fully told until now and, deliberately, a stark warning for the future. These games run "Parallel" to the Olympics. Non-negotiable. On this episode of our Paralympic Feels series, Jonathan Overend speaks to the movie's creator, Greg Nugent, the former Director of Marketing at London 2012, and the producer, John Battsek, whose work on 'One Day in September' and 'Searching for Sugarman', won him two Oscars. Their fascinating insight takes you behind the scenes on the making of the film, the last-minute nature of the Rio crisis and then the messages of hope which they feel will resonate with the world.

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