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  • 12A
  • Caroline Rowland (2012)
  • UK
  • 108 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

"Inspire a generation" was the slogan that defined the London Olympics, and that sentiment looms large over this portrait of the heady, euphoric days of summer 2012 when the sporting extravaganza held sway over the national consciousness. Acknowledged as the official film of the Games, this lovingly crafted chronicle is more of a snapshot of the event, with the emphasis firmly on first-time Olympians from all over the world. Some were already superstars (Kenyan athlete David Rudisha, Irish world champion boxer Katie Taylor) but others were just glad to be there. As with most sports documentaries, the athletes experience the agony (including American gymnast John Orozco and Aussie BMX rider Caroline Buchanan) and, of course, the ecstasy (South African swimmer Chad Le Clos defeating his idol, the mighty Michael Phelps; bubbly British cyclist Laura Trott speeding to double gold-medal triumph). But there's also sportsmanship, mutual respect and revealing personal stories, though thankfully not of the cloying kind. The footage - of cycling and diving, especially - is often electrifying and accompanied by a suitably contemporary soundtrack, while the sublime Rudisha's historic run in the 800m final makes for a rousing climax.

Cast and crew

Cast

Laura Trott
Laura Trott
Missy Franklin
Missy Franklin
David Rudisha
David Rudisha
Chad Le Clos
Chad Le Clos
Katie Taylor
Katie Taylor
James Ellington
James Ellington
John Orozco
John Orozco
Qiu Bo
Qiu Bo
Caroline Buchanan
Caroline Buchanan
Heena Sidhu
Heena Sidhu
Majlinda Kelmendi
Majlinda Kelmendi
Christophe Lemaitre
Christophe Lemaitre
Queen Underwood
Queen Underwood

Crew

Director
Caroline Rowland

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Revolver
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 23 Nov 2012