Franz Stampfl: A Life Unexpected – The Man Behind The Miracle Mile is a cinematic feature documentary currently in production from Finish Line Films, written and directed by Sally McLean, produced by Sally McLean & Ben Steel and Executive Produced by Robert L Galinsky.
This is the inspirational true story of artist turned world-renowned athletics coach – Franz Stampfl. Through interview, re-enactment and archive material this documentary shines a light on a nearly forgotten hero of the sporting and motivational arenas, a man who inspired others to strive for excellence in their lives and careers with wisdom, laughter and by the example of his own life experience.
This unique documentary explores the extraordinary life and achievements of one of the greatest coaches and mentors of the 20th Century. Beginning in 1930′s Austria, we follow Franz Stampfl’s journey through WWII, his engineering of the breaking of the Four Minute Mile record, the Melbourne Olympic Games, his life-long commitment to promoting women in sport and their invaluable and equal contribution to society, onto the changing face of sport and fitness in the 1960s and beyond up to his death in 1995 as a quadriplegic – tracing his continuing influence not just on world-class athletics and the modern health and fitness industry, but also his innate ability to inspire and motivate people from all walks of life to pursue and achieve excellence – no matter their field of interest or expertise
Daughter of one of Franz Stampfl’s 1956 Australian Olympians, Writer/Director Sally McLean and the Creative Team are now ready to fully bring this extraordinary story to the screen for audiences to experience first-hand.
Through interviews with a selection of esteemed and fascinating people from all over the world whom he knew and/or coached (including Sir Roger Bannister, Sir Christopher Chataway, John Landy, Ulick O’Connor, Ron Clarke, Herb Elliot, Ralph Doubell and Roy Emerson among others), and the use of rare archive footage, audio and stills, this documentary celebrates the remarkable talent, commitment to excellence and inspirational personality of Franz Stampfl – brought to life by the first-hand inspiring stories of some of the 22,000+ people he coached over his long career, as well as friends, family and colleagues.
Franz Stampfl: A Life Unexpected – The Man Behind The Miracle Mile tells the tale of one individual’s amazing and unexpected life – showing all of us that anyone, anywhere can do anything if they just believe in themselves.
The team at “A Life Unexpected” were delighted to be acknowledged with a “Good Practice Recognition” nod for fundraising practices at the 2012 AbaF Awards, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne. We were also delighted to be the only Individual Artist project to be included on this list nationwide, alongside such Arts lumiaries as the Melbourne Theatre Company, the National Gallery of Victoria, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bell Shakespeare Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Adelaide Festival, Museum Victoria and the Perth International Arts Festival, among others.
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A Life Unexpected: The Man Behind The Miracle Mile
Writer & Director: Sally McLean
Producers: Ben Steel & Sally McLean
Executive Producer Robert Lewis Galinsky
Co-Producers: Marg Woodlock-McLean & William Smedley
Director Of Photography: Tim Egan
Gaffer: Saraj Alkemade
Sound: Gunay Demerci
German Translations & Subtitles: Laura Wagner
Music: Tommy Rando
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LOGO DESIGNED BY: Tim Hoffman