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Search launched for unseen archive of Barcelona 1992 Paralympics

Wednesday 18th September

New feature documentary, provisionally titled ‘Harder Than You Think’, to tell the extraordinary story of the Paralympic Games

Former CEO of the International Paralympic Committee, Xavier Gonzalez, calls for public to share their own footage, photos and personal memories from the Barcelona Paralympics to help tell this once-in-a-lifetime story

The producers of a groundbreaking new feature documentary on the Paralympic Games have launched a search for members of the public to share their unseen archive footage, photos and memories from the Barcelona 1992 Paralympics.

Set to be released in summer 2020, the new film – provisionally titled ‘Harder Than You Think’ – will chart the extraordinary story of how the Paralympic Games grew from its post-war inception to become the world’s third largest sporting event. The film is being created by HTYT Films together with an award-winning team of producers and directors who believe the public will hold priceless archive and memories from previous Paralympics that can help tell this once-in-a-lifetime story.

With a record 1.5 million spectators packing out stadiums to watch 2,999 athletes compete, and daily live domestic TV coverage for the first time, Barcelona ‘92 was widely regarded as creating a new benchmark for how future Paralympic Games should be hosted. HTYT Films is now working with the Spanish National Paralympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to search for never-before-seen archive film and photography from these landmark Paralympics.

Members of the public who attended the Barcelona 92 Paralympics are encouraged to share their own stories and memories from the Games with HTYT Films on the Facebook page @HTYTFilm and across other social channels using the hashtag #AStoryLikeNoOther.

Footage and photos shared by the public have the potential to be used in the film, with people’s stories and memories from the Barcelona ‘92 Paralympics playing an invaluable role in shaping how the producers and directors bring the remarkable story of the Paralympic Movement to a worldwide audience.

Former International Paralympic Committee CEO Xavier Gonzalez, who will serve as an Executive Producer on the film, said: “The Barcelona 1992 Paralympics were a crucial turning point in the Paralympic story, taking the incredible achievements of these athletes to a bigger audience than ever before. People’s memories of the landmark 1992 Paralympics have an important role to play in this remarkable new film so I encourage everyone to share their photos, footage and stories of an unforgettable summer.”

Luis Leardy, Director of Communications for Comite Paralimpico Espanol said: “We are thrilled to be working with HTYT Films to promote to the Spanish public and to help uncover never-before-seen footage from the Barcelona 1992 Games. Barcelona 1992 was a fantastic Games for the city and the team so we look forward to the public sharing their memories and iconic moments from this important chapter in Paralympic history.”

Craig Spence, IPC Chief Marketing and Communications Officer said: “To best tell the story of the Paralympic Games we want to hear from those who attended and had life-changing experiences. Barcelona 92 is widely regarded as a Games that triggered the modern-day growth of the Paralympic Movement and really showed the Paralympics could be a huge success.”

The major new documentary will be a landmark piece of filmmaking whose ambition is to change the way the world thinks about human potential. The film is being produced by John Battsek of two-time Academy Award® winning Passion Pictures and Greg Nugent of HTYT Films. The film will be written and directed by BAFTA-nominated directors Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui and will be produced in association with Misfits Entertainment.

Producer Barbara Broccoli OBE (James Bond franchise) and BAFTA winning and Academy Award® nominated screenwriter Richard Curtis CBE (Yesterday, Love Actually) will serve as Executive Producers together with accomplished US Paralympian Tatyana McFadden and former International Paralympic Committee CEO Xavier Gonzalez.

The filmmakers will blend never-before-seen archive footage through to the extraordinary stories of today’s athletes, leaders and visionaries. With production now underway, filming completed to-date includes HRH the Duke of Sussex, current IPC President Andrew Parsons, former IPC President Sir Philip Craven MBE, and Eva Loeffler OBE whose father Sir Ludwig Guttmann founded the Paralympic movement.

A range of renowned Paralympians from around the world have also been filmed or are scheduled to be filmed in the future including Jonnie Peacock MBE (Great Britain), Jean Baptiste Alaize (France), Beatrice “Bebe” Vio (Italy), Shingo Kunieda (Japan), Daniel Dias (Brazil) and Tatyana McFadden (USA).

HTYT Films hold the global rights, granted by the International Paralympic Committee, and have financed the film which is set to be released Summer 2020 in the run-up to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

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