Director: Gemma Atwal
Title in English: Marathon Boy
Original title: Marathon Boy
2010/ India/ HD/ 98’ / Documentary/ Colour
Script: Gemma Atwal; Photography: Matt Norman; Editing: Peter Haddon; Animation: Ben Foley; Music: Garry Hughes; Leading actors: Budhia Singh & Biranchi Das; Producer: Matt Norman
A coach and a slum boy united by a dream. Divided by the world. MARATHON BOY is the story of a four-year-old boy who is plucked from the slums of India by his coach and trained to become India's greatest runner, but what starts as a real Slumdog Millionaire turns into the stuff of film noir: a tale of greed, envy and broken dreams.
Marathon Boy is Gemma's first feature length documentary film. Prior to documentary work, Gemma spent four years working as a journalist in Africa, South-East Asia and Europe for the NOA Media Group of Companies in Madrid. She also gained experience in radio broadcasting, initially training through the BBC and later working for Nigerian State Radio as an on-air reporter. Gemma has an MSc (Distinction) in International Human Rights Law and a Double First Class Honours degree in Literature & Politics. Gemma is co-partner in One Horse Town Productions.
MARATHON BOY” FESTIVAL SCHEDULE Sheffield Int’l Documentary Festival (3rd – 7th Nov 2010) – WINNER Special Mention; IDFA, Amsterdam (17th – 28th Nov 2010) – WINNER Top 3 Films at IDFA; Goteborg Int’l Film Festival, Sweden (28th Jan – 7th Feb 2011) – No Competition; Zagrebdox Film Festival, Croatia (28th Feb – 7th Mar 2011)