Friday, May 6, 2022

Relive Bannister’s Momentous Milestone


May 6, 1954, is a date that echoes in the annals of athletics history. That was the day when Roger Bannister became a sporting immortal, breaking the four-minute mile for the first time, clocking 3:59.4 in Oxford.

Kimbia Athletics has captured the story of that run, and its wider context, in a film it produced and directed, Bannister: Everest on the Track, which claimed the top prize, the Golden Achilles, at the second International Athletics Film Festival in San Sebastian, Spain.

Bannister: Everest on the Track examines the story and context of the first ever sub-four-minute mile, detailing just what it meant to the British public at the time, coming as it did less than nine years after the end of World War II.

Previously named one of the best sports documentaries of all time by IndieWire, the film gained much critical acclaim after its initial release in 2014. The first full version of the film was released in 2016 with a revised version completed in 2018 following the death of Bannister.

Directed by Tom Ratcliffe and Jeremy Mosher and edited by Becky Paige, the film includes interviews with various legendary figures in the sport such as Sebastian Coe, John Landy, Chris Chataway and of course Bannister himself.

Watch the trailer below:

Bannister: Everest on the Track from Virgil Films on Vimeo.

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