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Knockout Scousers 2012

Minnow Films for Channel 4  

1 x 75 minutes
Minnow Films & Perfectmotion for Channel 4

Directorial debut of photographer Steve Read, Knockout Scousers follows three athletes as they strive for a chance to make the GB Olympic boxing squad and qualify for the 2012 Games. Filmed over two years, the documentary charts the physical and psychological construction of modern day Olympians.

Liverpool's tough areas of Huyton and Toxteth are known for their riots, racial tensions of the past and youth issues of today, but also have a story of hope to tell. Knockout Scousers follows three fighters as they emerge from the city's amateur boxing clubs to become contenders for the Olympic Games.

2012 is the first year female boxing has been included in the Olympic Games and for Natasha Jonas it's her chance to make history. The film also follows Merseyside success story Tom Stalker who, at 27, has gone from stealing cars for teenage kicks to becoming Team GB captain. As is 19-year-old James 'Jazza' Dickens' whose path to the Olympic squad at first seems secure but he also has other things to consider.

It’s an engaging reflection on how sport presents a way out of poverty, drug culture and unemployment in the city’
Daily Mail

The pre- Games has long since passed the point at which any sane viewer might react to an Olympic angle on a programme. An exception should be made, however, for Steve Reads steely sketch, shot over two years, of the Struggle of three boxers to make Great Britain’s squad’
The Guardian

Knockout Scousers

Filmed & Directed by
Steve Read
Rob Alexander
Robert Douglas
Executive Producer
Morgan Matthews
Tom Fulford
John Fairhurst