Published on January 6, 2016
Boston Marathon Documentary
The Boston Marathon – by far the oldest of the World Marathon Majors – looks set to get the big screen treatment twice over.
Firstly, currently in preproduction, is Patriot’s Day starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Peter Berg whose previous films include Hancock and live-action board game curio Battleship. The story will focus on Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis in the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing as well as the subsequent manhunt for those responsible.
Probably (in fact definitely) more interesting is the feature-length documentary, simply called Boston, from filmmaker Jon Dunham. Endorsed by race organisers The Boston Athletic Association, who made archive film and photos available to Dunham, the film will naturally include the tragic events of 2013 but also follow the race’s development from inception in 1897. Amongst the stories told will be that of four-time winner Bill Rodgers, Johnny Kelley, who ran the Boston Marathon a staggering 61 times (winning twice), and Kathrine Switzer who became the first woman to run the race back in 1967.
The Hollywood Reporter quotes producer Megan Williams as saying: ‘Over the years, the Boston Marathon has had so many extraordinary stories of people achieving and accomplishing things… It’s like looking at cultural and social change over the last century through the lens of this major sporting event.’
Further information on the documentary can be found at bostonmarathonfilm.com or take a look at the trailer below.