Don’t miss this encore screening of Poppy Stockell’s superb Bingham Cup documentary, Scrum. Mark Bingham, a rugby fanatic and openly gay man, was on United flight 93 on September 11, 2001 when terrorists hijacked the plane. Mark, along with a couple of other passengers, managed to crash tackle the terrorists in an effort to save them, but tragically no one survived the eventual crash. In Mark’s memory, an international, gay rugby tournament was founded.
This documentary covers the lead up to the 2014 Bingham Cup as one of the world’s premiere teams, the Sydney Convicts Rugby Club, is under pressure to win the competition and take home the Cup. We watch the lives of a self-assured, Canadian jock, a chubby Irish backpacker and a stoic Japanese outsider change when they vie for a position as one of the fifteen players in the Convict’s A team. Scrum is a film celebrating the passion and camaraderie of sport, where players must push themselves to do whatever is necessary for their team, their club and for rugby.
Filmmaker guests: director Poppy Stockell, executive producer Andrew Purchas, and stars Brennan Bastyovanszky and Charlie Winn
Festival Bar (6pm to late): In the evening a Sydney Convicts Rugby Club social following the screening of Scrum.
Directed by Ari N Ari
Meet Jennifer Deering, a professional football player living in the Bay Area who got a chance to represent the USA at the 2013 IFAF Women’s World Championship in Finland.