Another looming filming date – and we need your help!


So far A Life Unexpected has travelled to London, Oxford, Dublin, Vienna and Melbourne to interview a plethora of eminent and entertaining individuals, including Sir Roger Bannister, Sir Christopher Chataway, Ulick O’Connor, John Landy, Ralph Doubell and others about the intriguing personality, life and legacy of Franz Stampfl.

We have collected and catalogued hundreds of photos, film, personal documents and other items for our archive, been fortunate to attend several Olympic and State level functions as guests representing the film, been interviewed on radio and in print in Australia, the USA and the UK (the Tardis Booth at the ABC is still considered a highlight!) and been acknowledged for our Best Practice fundraising nationally alongside companies such as Melbourne Theatre Company, the National Gallery of Victoria, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bell Shakespeare Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Adelaide Festival and Museum Victoria.

And so we come to the next thing on our “To Do” list – travelling up the East Coast of Australia from Sydney to Brisbane via Canberra and the Gold Coast to interview another raft of fascinating people such as Herb Elliot, Ron Clarke, David Williamson and Dr Eve Fesl, among others, as well as filming some of the re-enactment footage and licensing some of the amazing archive footage we’ve managed to source.

None of the filming to date would have been possible without the support of a very special group of people – our donors, investors and supporters.  Through their generosity we have managed to travel through four countries and capture over 30 hours of interview and behind-the-scenes footage to date.

We are now in conversation with several broadcasters and distributors, and while those discussions continue, we are scheduling our next round of interviews and additional filming to ensure we keep the project moving forward.

Which is where the “help” part of this update comes in.

We are currently raising donations via the Documentary Australia Foundation (which has registered charitable DGR1 (Deductible Gift Recipient) status), enabling all  Australian donors to receive a tax receipt for the full amount they donate to A Life Unexpected: The Man Behind the Miracle Mile which can be claimed as a tax deduction at the end of each financial year.

Want to know more? Full information on how to donate, our current donation tally and all other related information can be found on our website here.

How else can you help?  Share our “Donate To The Film” page – – on social media, your email newsletter, your blog, wherever you feel people will see it.  You can also just share this post (buttons to do this are provided below).  We are spreading the word near and far and any help to achieve our current goal of raising the next $60,000 required will be gratefully accepted!

Check out the video below to see more of the story so far of A Life Unexpected (you can share that too, if you like!).  And if you have any questions about the project, the donation process or how else you can help, please contact us via our Contact Page.

‘Till next time …

The A Life Unexpected Team
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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