From the makers of One Night in Turin, and covering the story of one of the most remarkable sporting turnarounds in history From the Ashes follows the famous 1981 Ashes series, known to many as “Botham’s Ashes”, where cricketing legend Sir Ian Botham stole the show and brought England Ashes glory against all the odds.
In July 1981, rioting and discontent ruled the streets of England. On the playing fields, England was 1-0 down after two tests against old enemy, Australia, and iconic all-rounder Ian Botham, had resigned as English captain, hours before being pushed. Watching on was opposing Captain, Kim Hughes, the Golden Boy of Australian sport. Brilliant and eloquent, he seemed to be a master of the universe.
With English cricket on the brink, bookmakers offered odds of 500-1 against an English win in the 3rd test. Yet, Botham would not lie down and rediscovered his cavalier flair in a series of remarkable, match-winning performances that defined him and saw The Ashes returned home.
Packed with match action footage and interviews with the chief protagonists – including Sir Ian Botham, Mike Brearley OBE, Kim Hughes, Bob Willis MBE, David Gower OBE, Rod Marsh, legendary umpire “Dickie” Bird MBE and more – From the Ashes is set over one tempestuous month and the meaning of leadership and the importance of sporting victory to troubled nations.
No England cricketer has known the glory that Botham knew in 1981. No England cricketer ever will. – The Telegraph
The May 10, 2011 premiere will benefit Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research (Reg Charity No: 216032). The DVD will be released May 30.