Death of a Gentleman

project created by Death of a Gentleman, project category Film/Video

Death of a Gentleman

About the film

Death of a Gentleman is a snapshot of Test cricket through the Australia vs India Test series in 2011-12. Is Test cricket dying? Does anybody care? How can a sport be run so badly and hope to survive? Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber ask these questions and more of cricket's biggest names and the fans who will decide the game's future.

About the film

Death of a Gentleman is a snapshot of Test cricket through the Australia vs India Test series in 2011-12. Is Test cricket dying? Does anybody care? How can a sport be run so badly and hope to survive? Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber ask these questions and more of cricket's biggest names and the fans who will decide the game's future.

As it stands we see Death of a Gentleman as a feature length film that can cross over from cricket to appeal to anyone who likes a good story, history and heroes. It's a cautionary tale for other sports, other industries and people in general, but also a reminder of what it is about Test cricket that got so many people hooked in the first place.

What you see below is the one pager we wrote at the start of this project. Since then we've independently raised £35k to come out to Australia, assemble a crew and start shooting. We're in the process of interviewing the great and the good of world cricket and things are shaping up splendidly.

What you see above is a one minute teaser from some of the footage we shot in the first few weeks of filming.

What we need

We've come to wefund because we need to start raising money for our post production. We've set a nominal target of £10k on here to give ourselves the best chance of getting something. Really we need to be raising upwards of £20k from this part of the process to make the film as good as it can be, money that will be spent on archive footage, music, animation, editing, colour grading and lots of other things to help the film's presentation match the editorial content.


Our one pager

Death of a Gentleman is a feature-length documentary film exploring the final days of the death of Test cricket, and the people who hope to save it.

Test cricket is a part of the world’s sporting history – a cricket match between USA and Canada was the first ever international sporting event, Babe Ruth wanted to meet Don Bradman, Wisden is the most famous sporting book on the planet – but is that all it is? Today, slowly choked by corruption, ineptitude and more generation-now friendly versions of itself Test cricket is a game left unattended in an under-staffed hospital.

If there’s a wider parallel to draw to Test cricket’s plight it’s global warming – most people are pretty aware what’s happening, but very few actually know how to save it or want to make the sacrifices to do so. It’s a bit much to sincerely compare the demise of the planet to the downfall of a game, but the value of this film is that it deals with a small industry that relates to the larger issues of the modern world.

Sampson Collins and Jarrod Kimber are cricket fans who became cricket journalists – they have worked for the biggest media organisations in the game and have the passion, knowledge, connections and enough blissful ignorance to travel halfway across the world and ask the big questions of those who decide cricket’s future. Someone has to watch the watchers, and with Test cricket fans facing their potential apocalypse, why not stumble into a few big wigs and ask them what they are doing to save it? Collins and Kimber stumble as well as anyone in cricket.

Join them as they fly out to watch Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar slug it out one last time and try to understand why Australia is forsaking the Baggy Green cap for a few afternoons of fun, speaking to the biggest names in cricket – and the fans who will ultimately decide its future – along the way.

Death of a Gentleman is not a nostalgic look back at a sport that professionals played against amateurs while stopping for tea. It’s a modern tale about how sport and money collide, taking in the rise of India, the curse of the professional administrator and a sporting world where fans are better connected to – but more disconnected from – their heroes than ever before.

Can a well-respected five-day relic be saved by a generation who don’t have time to watch a two-minute video on YouTube, or is Test cricket already dead?

Posted on 15/03/15

Death of a Gentleman update

Dear DOAG wefunders Firstly, a huge apology for the fact that this is such a long overdue update on how things are going with Death of a Gentleman. The past couple of years have been a pretty long and extraordinary battle to keep the film alive and capture an ongoing story – the film we have now has changed almost entirely from what we thought we were making when we appealed to you all on Wefund. In case you are unaware, the last two years have been a particularly controversial period in cricket's history, which culminated in India, England and Australia effectively taking control of the game in 2014. Fortunately, we've managed to keep going and get all of this on camera, and the result is that we are very close to a finished film, which we hope we will be in a position to release this coming English summer, and make a significant contribution to the debate on what is best for cricket's future. The money you all committed to us has proved vital in keeping us going – it allowed us to buy the computer that we have been editing on in our living rooms for three years now, and get to India to interview the most powerful man in cricket – then Chairman of the Indian board (and current ICC Chairman) N Srinivasan – and film at the IPL. These both play a major part in the story. We cannot thank you enough. We've worked hard over the last few years to get some excellent, experienced names on board to help us get things right. We are delighted that the film is being produced in association with Dartmouth Films, who under the leadership of Christopher Hird produce documentaries that aim to make a difference. Dartmouth have previously been responsible for films like the acclaimed The End of the Line (2009), and Still the Enemy Within (2014). The film is now being edited by David Fairhead, who cut the BAFTA-nominated McCullin (2012) and the Sundance Award-Winning In the Shadow of the Moon (2007). There is still a fair way to go before we can be certain about how this summer will shape up – we are currently in the final stages of editing, and raising money to finish the film for festivals and independent cinemas – but we are very optimistic about the road ahead. You've all played such a significant part in this film – if we can get this out and have the impact we hope it will – it will be entirely due to the passion of all of the cricket fans who have helped us get to this point. We hope that you all enjoy it and feel it does the game justice. I will be in touch in coming months with more information as to how the film is progressing, as well as to sort out all of the things we owe in return for your support. If you'd like any more information in the meantime please do get in touch at deathofagentlemanfilm@gmail.com. With kind regards Sam and Jarrod


Posted on 09/04/12

THANKYOU!

Thankyou very much to everyone who helped us reach our target. It means a great deal to us that so many people are so passionate about the cause. We are still looking for donations and investment, please contact us at deathofagentlemanfilm@gmail.com, or go to www.deathofagentlemanfilm.com for more details. Many thanks, Sam and Jarrod


Posted on 02/02/12

Rahul Dravid supports DOAG


DC

June 29

£1,248

private

June 29

£1,000

Mkrishna23

June 29

£500

BenG

June 29

£500

Mkrishna23

June 29

£500

jalps

June 29

£500

SI

June 29

£413

GH

June 29

£343

Jeremy Stone

June 29

£250

rharris334

June 29

£250

Michael Brooks

June 29

£250

Mull0008

June 29

£109

benbrabs

June 29

£100

£100

George Dobell

June 29

£100

James Kitcatt

June 29

£100

£100

Edward Craig

June 29

£100

sriram.dayanand

June 29

£100

sophiestewart30

June 29

£100

dah.rice

June 29

£100

jmarthaler

June 29

£100

Steven Larcombe

June 29

£100

cricketbatcat

June 29

£100

devanjedi

June 29

£100

Ian Belshaw

June 29

£100

Andrew White

June 29

£100

kiwi_kali

June 29

£100

askbal

June 29

£100

thecricketcouch

June 29

£100

twjmurray

June 29

£50

jcmacadam

June 29

£50

alantyers

June 29

£50

sophiestewart30

June 29

£50

DaveCatley

June 29

£50

Andrew Miller

June 29

£50

admcglashan

June 29

£50

dpatterson

June 29

dpatterson is backing 1 other project

£50

LB123

June 29

£50

£50

mspr1nt

June 29

£40

bennyg

June 29

£35

Guy Hornsby

June 29

£35

Sahil Dutta

June 29

Sahil Dutta is backing 2 other projects

£35

RCan

June 29

£35

Smurfocles

June 29

£35

edcokesteel

June 29

£33

bankdonor

June 29

£33

gregkennaugh

June 29

£33

wardog2002

June 29

£31

BertBroad

June 29

£30

tedmaster51

June 29

£30

deggles

June 29

£30

strebori

June 29

£30

Hawa

June 29

£30

James W

June 29

£30

£30

£30

agbwilliams

June 29

£30

Bogie55

June 29

£30

EdStern

June 29

EdStern is backing 1 other project

£30

steverose88

June 29

£30

esuchy

June 29

£30

willisgreat

June 29

£30

James Taylor

June 29

£30

Robert Wildman

June 29

£30

tracer007

June 29

£30

Katy Scott

June 29

£30

Super Shuker

June 29

£30

neiljohnclark

June 29

£30

nedrichards

June 29

£30

edevans505

June 29

£30

tombalson

June 29

£30

PaulFrame85

June 29

£30

pdtmathieson

June 29

£30

timing123

June 29

£30

Ian Bradshaw

June 29

Ian Bradshaw is backing 1 other project

£30

Jastrow

June 29

£30

Warren Banks

June 29

£30

sipare

June 29

£30

Colette_2000

June 29

£30

gjrdubbya

June 29

£30

snewman

June 29

£30

rodh257

June 29

£30

Bandon1988

June 29

£30

AndyinBrum

June 29

£30

unsliced

June 29

£30

Charlie Wilson

June 29

£30

hp_lifelive

June 29

£30

Sabah

June 29

£30

mallard

June 29

£30

srooke

June 29

£30

drewsmilitia

June 29

£30

baggy_bage

June 29

£30

alanroderick

June 29

£30

johngayner

June 29

£30

Pezrick

June 29

£30

Ross Kimber

June 29

£30

sdrogers

June 29

£30

silkijir

June 29

£30

£30

test film dude

June 29

£29

test film dude

June 29

£29

lwolewis

June 29

£20

the nem

June 29

£20

JamSandwich

June 29

£20

rogpineapple

June 29

£20

Ceci

June 29

£10

rphamilton80

June 29

£10

postwar

June 29

£10

Rohit Naimpally

June 29

£10

seeoou

June 29

seeoou is backing 1 other project

£10

bagrat15

June 29

£10

tom_benj

June 29

£10

Bernard Hughes

June 29

£10

Josherick3

June 29

£10

richirvine

June 29

£10

matthewtbecker

June 29

£10

Mutt

June 29

£10

bibs

June 29

£5

ianw

June 29

£5

Finished

£10,389

£10,000 Target

104%

Funded

121

WeFunders

Spread the word!

Pledge £10 or more

Our thanks A hug if we ever see you in the street Listed on our contributor page on our website

Pledge £30 or more

All the above A signed postcard-size photo still of your choice from the film A DVD of the film

Pledge £100 or more

All the above A choice of a signed DVD with bonus footage or limited edition Death of a Gentleman t-shirt Special thanks on the credits of the film

Pledge £250 or more

All the above A limited edition Death of a Gentleman t-shirt A signed dvd and bonus footage A signed copy of which ever one of Jarrod’s book you want or don't want Film poster

Pledge £500 or more

All of the above Every available episode of Two Chucks and Two Pricks at the Ashes on DVD Copies of all Jarrod’s books CWB T shirts A Chuck Fleetwood-Smith cricket card Invitation to a special DOAG barbeque (in London)

Pledge £1,000 or more

All of the above Premiere tickets (in London) A logo of your business on our website

Pledge £2,500 or more

All of the above Associate Producer credit Chance to discuss investment opportunities in the film

Pledge £5,000 or more

All the above Executive Producer credit

How does Wefund work?

Latest on Twitter

Arts Council pleads for end to cuts – but should taxes fund art? http://t.co/8WwgBgCBQL #Wefund #Crowdfunding #Culture #Theatre #Arts
Don't stifle creativity with more cuts to arts education, say experts http://t.co/2oTCF0xgj9 #Wefund #Crowdfunding #Culture #Theatre #Arts