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Documentaries: EMPOWER, EDUCATE, ENTERTAIN & ENGAGE, but most importantly – THEY INSPIRE …

… BECOME PART OF THE INSPIRATION

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The Arts have traditionally relied on philanthropic support since the time of Shakespeare.  Without support in the form of monetary donations and gifts-in-kind, many artistic endeavours may never see the light of day, let alone an audience.

Documentary films are no different.

With your help we can complete filming this time-critical project, before these invaluable stories are lost forever.

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"Franz's philosophies transcend the sporting arena and can be applied to the pursuit of excellence in any field. In my opinion he is a truly inspirational figure and his story has universal appeal. I unreservedly wish to express my strong support of this project and the team involved. This is a story that must be told." - Ethan Hawke (Oscar®-nominated Actor, Writer & Director)
“Franz’s philosophies transcend the sporting arena and can be applied to the pursuit of excellence in any field. In my opinion he is a truly inspirational figure and his story has universal appeal. I unreservedly wish to express my strong support of this project and the team involved. This is a story that must be told.” – Ethan Hawke (Oscar®-nominated Actor, Writer & Director)

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THE INVITATION

We would like to invite you to come on board as a supporter of this landmark documentary by contributing to our next round of fundraising by making a 100% tax deductible donation (for Australian citizens & residents) to the film via the Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF), which has registered charitable DGR1 (Deductible Gift Recipient) status1 enabling foundations, individuals and corporations to make grants to documentaries.

WHAT YOUR DONATION WILL BE USED FOR

All monies raised during this next donation round will be used to film our scheduled interviews with prominent Australians such as Herb Elliott and David Williamson among others up the East Coast of Australia, contribute to our ongoing archive research and licensing costs and enable us to film a few key augmented footage segments to assist our ongoing conversations with local and international broadcasters & distributors.

WHAT WILL YOU GET FOR YOUR DONATION?

All donors will receive a tax receipt for 100% of the amount they choose to donate, plus their name listed on our official website and in the credits of the film to acknowledge your support once the film is complete.

CAN ANYONE RAISE MONEY VIA THE DAF?

The Documentary Australia Foundation Board have rigorously assessed this project and have approved and registered “Champion” as being eligible to receive donations through the Fund.

To be approved by the DAF, documentaries must:

  • Be suitable for philanthropic support according to the Documentary Australia Foundation’s application guidelines; and
  • Clearly demonstrate that the project is a bona fide documentary being made by reputable or emerging filmmakers with either an Australian production company or a current Australian Business Number (ABN)

The DAF has facilitated $5.8 million in donations to Australian filmmakers via 788 grants to date.

Join the ranks of hundreds of Australians who support independent Aussie voices in film:

Donate Online Now
Click the above button to Donate Now via the DAF Website
Download Donation Form
Click the above button to download the PDF Donation Form to mail or email to the DAF

1 The Documentary Australia Foundation Donations Fund is listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations (ROCO) maintained under subdivision 30-F of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and, from 17 July 2007, is eligible to receive tax-deductible donations. The Australian Taxation Office has endorsed The Documentary Australia Foundation Donations Fund under Subdivision 30-BA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 with effect from 17 July 2007 as a public fund on the Register of Cultural Organisations pursuant to item 12.1.1 of Subdivsion 30-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

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“I believe this film has the potential to be a fascinating, original and rewarding documentary, of interest to a wide audience. I have no hesitation in supporting Sally and her colleagues in this project.” - Roly Keating (Former Controller BBC2 & BBC4)
“I believe this film has the potential to be a fascinating, original and rewarding documentary, of interest to a wide audience. I have no hesitation in supporting Sally and her colleagues in this project.” – Roly Keating (Former Controller BBC2 & BBC4)

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The Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF) is a private philanthropic initiative that aims to inspire and nurture partnerships between philanthropic individuals, businesses, grantmakers, charities and documentary filmmakers. The Foundation provides all the information, guides and resources to help them work together to achieve their mutual goals.

The Foundation does not make or commission films. The Foundation manages and receives grants from the general public, and passes these grants onto documentary filmmakers. The Foundation provides information and resources to enable the philanthropic, charitable and documentary film worlds to collaborate for the mutual benefit of all. The Foundation facilitates the use of philanthropic donations to fund a wide range of documentary films.

The Documentary Australia Foundation Board assesses documentary proposals to determine their eligibility for private funding. The submissions are not judged stylistically. They are assessed with reference to whether the subject, approach and outreach potential are appropriate for philanthropic support. If the documentary is considered eligible it will be placed on the Documentary Australia Foundation Approved List posted on the website. The Documentary Australia Foundation then enables foundations to make DGR approved grants to the approved documentaries.

Through the Documentary Australia Foundation, grantmakers can only make grants to documentaries on the Approved List. Once donations are made and then approved by the DAF Board, the donations are made available to the recepients.

The Documentary Australia Foundation has confirmed that Individuals, Businesses, Foundations and Trusts in Australia can make a donation to this project via the DAF, requesting the DAF apply it to A Life Unexpected: The Man Behind The Miracle Mile as Preferred Recipient. As a result, “A Life Unexpected” has been officially approved and is now listed on the Documentary Australia Foundation Register Approved List. All monies raised via the DAF and granted to the producers will go directly to the costs of filming the project.

Donate Online Now
Click the above button to Donate Now via the DAF Website
Download Donation Form
Click the above button to download the PDF Donation Form to mail or email to the DAF

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“This is a story that must be captured now while several of Franz's athletes are still alive. Otherwise it may be lost forever. I sincerely wish to express my strong support of this project and the team involved.” - Daryl Lefever (Financial Controller & Film Producer, USA)
“This is a story that must be captured now while several of Franz’s athletes are still alive. Otherwise it may be lost forever. I sincerely wish to express my strong support of this project and the team involved.” – Daryl Lefever (Financial Controller & Film Producer, USA)

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If you wish to donate to Champion via the Documentary Australia Foundation website, you can do so via Champion’s profile on the DAF website here.

Click on “Donate Online” (the green button below) which will take you to the “Champion” page at the DAF Website.  Type in your information to the online form, along with the amount you would like to donate as well as the method of payment (at the moment, only Credit Card Payments are accepted), then click on the blue button at the foot of the page: “Pay with Credit Card”.

Fill out your credit card details on the subsequent form, then click “Submit Payment”.

You will then receive an email from the DAF acknowledging your donation with a tax receipt for the full amount you have chosen to donate.

You can contact us with questions about our DAF status via email at: info @ alifeunexpected.com. You can also go to the DAF website for more information:  https://www.documentaryaustralia.com.au/page/68/grantmakers.

Donate Online Now
Click the above button to Donate Now via the DAF Website
Download Donation Form
Click the above button to download the PDF Donation Form to mail or email to the DAF

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For those who are unable to take advantage of the tax deduction offered in return for donating to “Champion”, we have the alternative option of buying some of our merchandise from our online store, facilitated by Australian company, Redbubble (who also have offices in San Francisco and a presence in the UK).

Through our Redbubble online store, we have designs created by Director, Sally McLean (whose day job is in t-shirt design) made available on t-shirts, tote bags, iPhone & Samsung cases, iPad cases, cushion covers, posters, cards, canvas and duvet covers.

Redbubble is a print-on-demand company who provide the services of printing, producing and shipping (as well as Customer Service) to enable artists to sell their designs on products online.  25% of the price of each item comes direct to the film (the remaining amount is retained by Redbubble for their ongoing running costs).

This is a fun and useful way for people to support this film and get a cool t-shirt or bag in return.  To see all the designs on offer, click here to head direct to our store:  http://www.redbubble.com/people/alifeunexpected/shop

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"Sally, I am so pleased you are doing this, Franz was a unique inspirational force. I often think if I have achieved anything since my time in Athletics, a lot of that was due to Franz." - Sir Christopher Chataway PC (1952 & 1956 Olympian, 1954 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, former Journalist for BBC’s Panorama, former British Member of Parliament, former Vice Chairman of Orion Bank and Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of ActionAid and recipient of the Nasen Award for outstanding service to the cause of refugees)
“Sally, I am so pleased you are doing this, Franz was a unique inspirational force. I often think if I have achieved anything since my time in Athletics, a lot of that was due to Franz.” – Sir Christopher Chataway PC (1952 & 1956 Olympian, 1954 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, former Journalist for BBC’s Panorama, former British Member of Parliament, former Vice Chairman of Orion Bank and Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of ActionAid and recipient of the Nasen Award for outstanding service to the cause of refugees)

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The development funding for “Champion” came via donations facilitated by the Australia Cultural Fund, administered by the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) (now Creative Partnerships Australia), part of the then Federal Government’s commitment to supporting the Arts.

The ACF is a register for individual artists who intend to raise money for projects that will benefit the Australian Cultural Landscape.  Sally McLean, as writer/director, was approved and registered with the Fund in 2010 as an Individual Artist to raise initial monies for the development and early filming stages of the project.

Due to the overwhelming support from so many people in the wider community, we successfully completed our development period for this film, which also included initial filming in Europe and Melbourne, interviewing twelve key people to Franz’s story, which also now forms the basis for our current teaser for distributors and broadcasters and has received an overwhelmingly positive reception from within the industry.

We would like to say a heart-felt “thank you” to all our current donors for not only your generosity in donating, but also for your lovely letters, emails and phone calls of support and your ongoing encouragement to see this project through to completion. All our donors will be listed in the “Thank You” credits for the film as a small token of our appreciation.

Thank you also to the Australia Cultural Fund for their incredible support and encouragement, advice and understanding. Without the ACF being so supportive during our first stages of fundraising, we would not have got as far as we have with this project and we are delighted to have been able to work so closely with them in realising this project to the next stage.

We look forward to our continued sharing of stories and news as we progress forward with the Documentary Australia Foundation taking the place of the ACF in this next fundraising effort and thank you all for making this project even more special.

Sally, Ben, Bobby & The Team
A Life Unexpected
August 2013

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"I think Franz’s message really, is that we don't understand the real limits of our endeavour. Whether it be running, or whether it be medicine, you have to accept the highest standard that you can achieve. And if you do try extremely hard, that standard will be higher than others, or you, expect that you could achieve." - SIR ROGER BANNISTER (Olympian, First Man to run a Sub-Four Minute Mile & Stampfl Athlete)
“I think Franz’s message really, is that we don’t understand the real limits of our endeavour. Whether it be running, or whether it be medicine, you have to accept the highest standard that you can achieve. And if you do try extremely hard, that standard will be higher than others, or you, expect that you could achieve.” – SIR ROGER BANNISTER (Olympian, First Man to run a Sub-Four Minute Mile & Stampfl Athlete)

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AbaF-GoodPractice-WhiteThe team at “Champion” were delighted to be nominated for an AbaF Giving Award and to additionally receive a “Good Practice Recognition” acknowledgement 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 the list of nominees 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 documentary about the extraordinary life of Franz Stampfl – Austrian Art student turned greatest Athletics Coach of the 20th Century and the man who trained Roger Bannister to break the 4 Minute Mile