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Phil Liggett The Voice of Cycling

Documentary created by Nickolas Bird, Eleanor Sharpe, the filmmakers behind MAMIL (Middle Aged Men In Lycra) written by Eleanor Sharpe.

Australia April 2021 1h 54

The life of legendary television commentator Phil Liggett MBE is inextricably entwined with the history of professional cycling. During a career that has spanned five decades, 15 Olympic games and 47 Tours de France, Phil Liggett has been there for every key moment in cycling over the last half century. The heroic triumphs, the appalling tragedies, the scandals and the controversies; Phil has seen it all, and told us about it with passion, knowledge and his trademark wit. As much as anyone, Phil Liggett has shaped the way the world sees cycling.

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Phil Liggett The Voice of Cycling - The crew

Nickolas Bird and Eleanor Sharpe - Directors
Nickolas Bird and Eleanor Sharpe are award winning and AACTA nominated filmmakers based in Melbourne, Australia.
They studied filmmaking at the Victorian College of the Arts – School of Film and Television, and AFTRS (the Australian Film, Television and Radio School) and have been producing and directing commercials, factual television series and documentaries for more than 20 years.
Their works include: MAMIL: Middle Aged Men in Lycra (2017, Demand Film, Adelaide Film Festival), Pioneers, Soldiers & Renegades: A History of Australian Nursing (2015, Foxtel), Remembering the Man (2015, Demand Film, Adelaide Film Festival and ABC2), Curtain Call (2014, Melbourne International Film Festival and SBS), Ballroom Rules (2011, ABC1), and Vivian Bullwinkel: An Australian Heroine (2007, ABC1) and nine seasons of Nurse TV: Nurses and Midwives (Foxtel Aurora, C31).
MAMIL: Middle Aged Men in Lycra enjoyed international box office success in Australia, NZ, Canada, the UK and the USA. Distributed by Demand Film, MAMIL connected with audiences throughout the world. In Australia, MAMIL was the most successful theatrical documentary in its quarter and has been released on DVD and VOD through Madman Entertainment.
Remembering the Man won the Audience Award at the 2015 Adelaide Film Festival. Other accolades include the audience and jury prizes at Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival and Miami LGBT Film Festival; the ATOM award for Best Documentary (Biography); the Australian Screen Editors “Ellie Award” for best editing; and AACTA Award nominations for best editing and best feature length documentary.
Tony Stevens ASE – Editor
Tony is one of Australia’s most respected and experienced drama and factual editors. His credits include the documentaries Dr Sarmast’s Music School, Kangaroo Mob, Then The Wind Changed, Penguin Island, Family Footsteps, Vietnam Nurses, Hunt Angels, The Ten Conditions of Love, Tibet: Murder in the Snow, Two Men and Two Babies, Vivian Bullwinkel An Australian Heroine, Revealing Gallipoli, Mama Tina, Hear No Evil, The First Eleven, Paying for the Past and Where Angels Fear to Tread; and also the TV series I Can Jump Puddles and the feature film Road to Nhill.
Matt Jasper – Director of Photography
In a career, to date spanning twenty-eight years Matt, has filmed virtually everything imaginable, from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through to World Cups and the Olympics. He has long worked world-wide with Channel 4 News ITN., with extensive experience working in South east Asia and China. His last feature film before Phil Liggett: The Voice of Cycling was The Five Provocations. Matt is noted for his very professional work in shooting commercials and promotions. He is the recipient of ten Australian Cinematographer Society Awards and two Amnesty International Awards.
Dale Cornelius – Composer
Dale Cornelius is one of Australia’s premiere film and television composers, receiving nominations and awards for his work in television and feature films both in Australia and internationally. These include winning the AACTA for best Sound / Music in a documentary in 2013 for Dr Sarmat’s Music School and Best Television Theme Award at the Australian Screen music Awards (2013) for the The Doctor Blake Mysteries. He has composed music for various TV series, telemovies and documentaries screened on the BBC, ABC, SBS and Networks 7, 9 and 10, together with Discovery, History and National Geographic channels.


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