Death of a Gentleman

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Genre: Documentary

DVD: Available Now

Format: DVD

Rating: PG

Run Time: 97 minutes

Languages: English

Directors: Sam Collins, Jarrod Kimber, Johnny Blank

Featuring: N Srinivasan, Giles Clarke, Lalit Modi, Michael Holding, Chris Gayle, Jonathan Agnew
Kevin Pietersen, David Warner, Haroon Lorgat, Ehsan Mani, David Becker, Ian Chappell,
Mark Nicholas, Ravi Shastri, Rahul Dravid, Harsha Bhogle, Gideon Haigh, David Lloyd

What would you do if something you loved was dying?

What if the sport that created your heroes and the back-story to your life, was in danger of disappearing?

Test cricket is a game that has no right to exist in the 21st century. The five day game is the purest form of the second most popular sport on earth, representative of tradition, history and identity. Yet as the short attention spans of a new generation dictate immediacy, the Test game is in danger of being swamped by its shorter, sexier, more financially viable cousin ‘Twenty20’.

Money corrupts the best of intentions, and as cricket’s administrators rub their hands with glee, the Gentleman’s game is now a product left at the back of the shelf.

Two cricket fans who became journalists, Old Etonian Sam Collins and larrikin Aussie Jarrod Kimber, from opposite ends of the social and geographic scale but united by their love of Test cricket, join forces to try to help save it.

They embark on a journey across the cricketing empire to find the answer to the question ‘Who really cares about Test cricket?’ They talk to the players, ex-players, broadcasters, journalists, administrators and fans. They venture, often uninvited, into boardrooms, offices, hotel rooms and even the home of cricket itself, Lord’s, looking for answers as to who is responsible, and what are they doing to save their game.

Along the way they befriend journeyman cricketer Eddie Cowan as he prepares to make his Test debut for Australia in front of 70,000 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Eddie is the guy doing what they always dreamed of. His infectious love for Test cricket helps convince them that Test cricket is still relevant, that it is worth saving.

They travel around Australia with Eddie and experience his ups and downs on tour, watch the Australia vs. India Test series, journey to India to take a closer look at the IPL, bug famous cricket people in the UK and look at open corruption in Sri Lanka as they try to piece together a picture for the future of Test cricket. They run into ogres, well-meaning automatons and the feverishly self- obsessed. Everyone passes the buck. As Eddie’s future teeters in the balance, so too does the future of Test cricket.

As a story of deceit, incompetence and greed unfolds; one man is living his dream, while two others are trying to keep theirs from dying.

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 morality tale about a future where sport and money collide, India as a super-power, the curse of the professional administrator and set in a world where fans are better connected to (but more disconnected from) their heroes than ever before.

More than that, it is a final call; not just to cricket fans and administrators, but everyone in a rapidly changing world. If you care about something that’s in danger, then don’t pass the buck, do something about it.

Before it’s too late.

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The Death of a Gentleman – Published Reviews

The enemy within cricket is killing the game
The Telegraph, Simon Heffer, 31 Aug 2015
Cricket’s big beasts are carving up the sport for their own grubby interests with no care for the damage they’re doing
In a love affair with cricket lasting nearly half a century the game has only twice genuinely distressed me. The first time was when a freak ball killed Phillip Hughes last November, and cricket lost its innocence far more utterly than in any of the appalling, but more comprehensible, match-fixing and betting scandals of the 2000s. The second time was last week, when I caught up with Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber’s documentary about the future of Test cricket, Death of a Gentleman..

This review first appeared here

Giles Clarke is target of The Oval silent protest

Giles Clarke could be called to appear before the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee if one conservative MP has his way. Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe, has applied to be chairman of the committee for Clarke to be invited to account for his actions as the ECB’s representative at the ICC.

This review first appeared here

Death of a Gentleman: Numbing, scary…
By Abhishek Mukherjee, August 14, 2015
Unless you are on a spaceship headed to somewhere on the Solar System or beyond, Jarrod Kimber needs no introduction. Sam Collins, his mate from the Two Chuck Fleetwood-Smiths, is an eminent journalist and broadcaster. A few years back, they had a question — that of the future of Test cricket — and set out to find an answer. True to their mission, they dared to tread uncharted waters. What they found out was murky, very murky, reeking of corruption and greed, and ghastly for cricket fan.

Full review can be found here.

A powerful documentary about the death of international cricket
Financial Times, 6th August 2015
Death of a Gentleman is a documentary about the death of international cricket. Don’t all turn the page. Sam Collins, Johnny Blank and Jarrod Kimber’s film packs a good disputatious punch. Test cricket, they argue, is becoming a corrupt closed shop for England, Australia and India, the rest of the willowed world left yelling for funds, justice, even survival. The film frisks the facts, fingers the Fifa-ish villains and cues us all to shout, and mean it: “It’s not cricket.”

This review first appeared here.

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