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Poetic Short Film Follows Story of ‘Amputee Golfer’ George Blackshaw


Fresh Film director Harry George Hall's short documentary film showcases motivation, talent and determination

Poetic Short Film Follows Story of ‘Amputee Golfer’ George Blackshaw

Director/photographer Harry George Hall has created a short poetic documentary film with George Blackshaw the self titled ‘Amputee Golfer’.

George became an amputee as a child, following an accident with a lawn mower. His story, motivation and talent is beyond inspiring which gave Harry the idea to create the film, as he explains, “It’s not just the way George has had to adapt his game physically that is eye-catching, it’s his attitude, his determination and his genuine passion to show others that they can do the same. George is one of those people that leaves you saying ‘wow’, a lot.”

Harry’s initial idea was to shoot portraits of George, but it became clear very quickly that there was too much to get across in one frame. “His online presence meant that I already had a loose idea of how he spent his time on the course or training and I was really keen to translate the idea of George never being finished, both literally and metaphorically” explained Harry. 

He also wanted to build into the narrative George’s athleticism and physical ability.  He’d seen that in some of the workouts posted online, his abilities meant that sometimes the viewer had no idea he was a double amputee. 

Harry, George and DOP Chris O’Driscoll worked closely as a tiny unit on the course  enabling them to be reactive to the nature of the game, the course and the day, capturing an honest picture of George’s life and fame.

As Harry explains, “Richard, the producer and golfer, told me about a book which refers to golf being ‘ far from the perfect game’.  I loved this image and used it for direction to lean into the stray swings and missed putts, because they’re a reality of life and 18 holes.”


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Genres: People, Documentary

Categories: Short films, Short Films and Music Videos

Fresh Film, Mon, 05 Dec 2022 13:28:00 GMT