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The extraordinary story of the paralympic games

Ludwig Guttmann's vision that sport can deliver purpose to people with a disability sparked a movement which has grown into the third biggest event on the planet. An event that is pushing the boundaries of human potential and changing the way the world thinks.

Portrait of Sir Ludwig Guttmann, founder of the Paralympic Movement

Credit: Eva Loeffler

Provisionally titled 'Harder Than You Think', HTYT Films is bringing the unfiltered story of the Paralympic Games to life in a groundbreaking documentary film.

With access to over 70 years of never-before-seen archive footage, this film will tell the incredible story of the Paralympic Games; from the visionaries who brought the Games to life to the athletes of today as they continue their journey to Tokyo 2020.

A story like no other

Summer 2020.

Wheelchair athlete competes at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, Brazil

Credit: Buda Mendes / Getty Images


Peter Ettedgui & Ian BonhÔte

Peter and Ian are the award-winning directors behind McQueen (2018), the twice BAFTA-nominated and critically acclaimed biopic of fashion designer Alexander McQueen.


John Battsek

John is the Managing Director and Lead Producer for Passion Pictures. He was a Producer of One Day in September (1999) and an Executive Producer of Searching for Sugar Man (2012), both of which won the Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary.

Greg Nugent

Greg is the Co-Founder of HTYT Films. Greg was Chief Marketing Officer at the London 2012 Paralympic and Olympic Games. In 2016 he created the #FillTheSeats campaign that took 45,000 Brazilian children to the Rio Paralympic Games. He, alongside Godric Smith, is also the co-founder of Inc. London who have helped create a number of other important campaigns including Heads Together, the UK campaign to change the conversation on mental health.

Executive Producers

Tatyana McFadden

Tatyana is an American Paralympian who has won 17 medals across four Paralympic Games, including seven gold medals.

Barbara Broccoli OBE

Barbara is Producer of the James Bond film series with her brother Michael G. Wilson. In 2016, Barbara was appointed Vice President for Film by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Richard Curtis CBE

Richard is a screenwriter, director and producer. His credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Notting Hill (1999), Bridget Jones’s Diary (2011), Love Actually (2003), War Horse (2011) and Yesterday (2019). Richard co-founded Comic Relief/ Sport Relief/ Red Nose Day, was a producer of Live 8 & the Make Poverty History campaign and is a UN Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Xavier Gonzalez

Xavier was Chief Executive Officer of the International Paralympic Committee (2004-2019). He is also a recipient of the Paralympic Order, the highest award a person connected with the Paralympic Movement can achieve.