From The Ashes – IAN BOTHAM, DAVID GOWER, HAVANA – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS

Chris Tarrant, James Erskine, David Gower, Ian Botham and Havana.

FROM THE ASHES is produced by New Black Films in association with GreenAcre Films and The Documentary Company. Covering the story of one of the most remarkable sporting turnarounds in history “From The Ashes” follows the famous 1981 Ashes series, known to many as “Botham’s Ashes”, where cricketing legend Sir Ian Botham stole the show and brought England Ashes glory against all the odds.

July 1981, and rioting and discontent ruled the streets of England. On the cricket pitch the England team were 1-0 down after two tests against the old enemy, Australia. Iconic all-rounder Ian Botham had resigned as English captain, hours before being pushed. In contrast opposing Captain, Kim Hughes, the Golden Boy of Australian sport, brilliant and eloquent, seemed to be a master of the universe.

With English cricket on the brink of collapse, bookmakers offered odds of 500-1 against an English win in the 3rd test. So then it seemed the only thing to look forward to that summer was the Royal wedding between Prince Charles and Lady Diana. Yet Botham would not lie down and rediscovered his cavalier flair in a series of remarkable, match-winning performances that defined him as “super human” and saw the Ashes returned to the home of cricket: Lord’s England.

Packed with match action footage and interviews with the chief protagonists — including Sir Ian Botham, Mike Brearley OBE, Kim Hughes, Bob Willis MBE, David Gower OBE, Rod Marsh, legendary umpire “Dickie” Bird MBE and more — From The Ashes is set over one tempestuous month and explores the meaning of leadership and the importance of sporting victory to troubled nations.

The film is set to a chart topping 1980’s sound track and composed music from Chaz Jankel former guitarist/keyboard player of “Ian Dury and The Blockheads”.

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