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Program
Director: Eleanor Sharpe
2020
118 minutes

Amateur racer turned broadcaster, Phil Liggett has covered forty-seven Tours de France and fifteen Olympic Games, calling every triumph, tragedy and scandal with his inimitable wit and poetry. Has anyone ever described the pain of the uphill climb, or the chaos of the sprint to the line with such grace or style?

Phil has shaped the way the world sees cycling, and his name has become synonymous with the sport. Now he is moving to other passions, including saving endangered rhinos. And, like the Tour Down Under, that is a passion that is going to bring him back to South Australia.

Reviews

“This profile is at its most entertaining when describing Liggett’s early journey from highly rated amateur racer into sports journalism, and then to TV commentary in the mid-70s” – Andrew Pulver, The Guardian

“This entertaining, enlightening Australian documentary takes a surprisingly intimate look at the Englishman’s life, career and multiple passions” – James Croot, Stuff

“This documentary gently teases out the man behind the microphone and a wonderfully rich career covering the world’s greatest road races” – Brian Penn, UK Film Review

“The filmmakers do a fine job of taking what was a relatively quiet life and making it feel bigger” – Glenn Dunks, ScreenHub

Festivals

Adelaide Film Festival, CinefestOZ Albany, ACMI/AIDC Non-Fiction Documentary Festival, Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Awards

Accolade Global Film Competition: Awards of Excellent Special Mention

Film Type Documentary
Director Eleanor Sharpe
Producer Nickolas Bird
Cinematographer Matt Jasper
Editor Tony Stevens