Bradford director’s film is ‘inspiring’ story for Paralympics opening ceremony (From This is The West Country)
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Humbling tale of volleyball medal hopeful who lost legs in bomb blast
A Bradford-born director’s film about a 7/7 survivor-turned-athlete was broadcast during last night’s television coverage of the opening of the Paralympic Games.
The Channel 4-commissioned short film, called The Journey and narrated by actor Sean Bean, charts the inspirational story of Martine Wright (below) who was on board a train bombed in the London terrorist attacks on July 7, 2005. She lost both her legs from above the knees. Following seven years in rehabilitation, Martine is now one of Britain’s medal hopes in sitting volleyball.
The London bombings took place the day after the nation celebrated winning the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Described as intense and powerful, The Journey was directed by Daryl Goodrich who won acclaim for two previous short films, in 2005, which the then London Mayor Ken Livingstone said “won us the Olympics”.
Mr Goodrich said: “I was thrilled to be commissioned by Channel 4 to be part of this project, which tells a truly humbling story.
“It was fantastic to work with Martine because she is an absolute inspiration. It’s an honour to capture her journey.”
Deborah Poulton, Channel 4’s sports editor, Paralympics, said: “The film is a powerful portrayal of events following London’s successful bid for the Games. We selected Goodrich as director due to his ability to use film-making to capture the mood and sentiment of an entire nation.”
Born in Bingley , Mr Goodrich studied graphic design for film and television at Bradford Art College before embarking upon a career in TV production and advertising.
An accomplished broadcast designer, he has worked as a creative director on Channel 4’s American Football, horse racing and cricket coverage and ITV’s Formula One, World Rally Championships and World Cup football and rugby.
In 2004 he was commissioned by the IOC to be creative director for the World Television feed of the Athens Olympic Games, then the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, and he had the same role at this summer’s London Games.
The Observer listed Mr Goodrich and his producer within the top ten most influential people helping London secure the Games. His account of being inside the pressure cooker of the London bid, described as a “David versus Goliath’” battle, has been made into a book called Spielberg, Besson and a Bloke from Bradford.