THE ATHLETE (12A)

Date Time
Sun 12th August 7.45pm

FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

Dir. Rasselas Lakew, Davey Frankel, USA/Germany/Ethiopia, 2009, 92 mins
Rasselas Lakew, Dag Malmberg, Ruta Gedmintas

Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefoot Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning Olympic gold in the marathon. Overnight, Abebe Bikila became a sports legend. Bikila was the first African to win a gold medal and, four years later in Tokyo, the first person in history to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the marathon. A truly unique approach to the biographical picture, The Athlete focuses on the final years of Bikila’s life; his quest to regain Olympic glory, his tragic accident and his determination to compete again.

All times listed are the programme start time unless otherwise stated. Films start approx 30 mins after the programme start time.