Ping Pong… The Movie!

“8 players with 703 years between them, compete in the World over 80s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia. With intimate and candid portraits of life back home, ‘Ping Pong’ explores the hope, regret and immediacy of growing old.” Now watch the trailer!


About The Movie
Les D’Arcy is a living legend. At 89 years old, he’s obviously not received the memo about slowing down, and is going for gold, literally. He’s headed to China to compete in the over 80s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia. A seven time world champion, he still lifts weights to train – something he’s been doing for decades, after surviving a sickly childhood. Of course compared to some, Les is a spring chicken and recently took up pole vaulting! Les will be carrying the Olympic Torch and will be competing at the World Championships in Sweden in June 2012.

Dorothy DeLow is the eldest competitor at 101 and is an Australian legend who finds herself a mega celebrity in this rarefied world. She’d better watch out though– Texan Lisa Modlich is fifteen years her junior and is determined to do what it takes to win her first gold. Director Hugh Hartford follows eight players from five countries, as they prepare to compete in this extraordinary sporting event that is as much about the tenacity of the human spirit as it is about taking home the title.

Through intimate and candid portraits of our 8 players lives, Ping Pong explores what life’s like at 80. Les is driven to win but finds home life very lonely; Austrian born Texan, Lisa (85), refuses to accept she is any older than 28; Inge (89) from Germany plays to get away from the nursing home she lives in. Sun Lao (84) from China thinks the beer and cigarettes help his game. With 8 expert octogenarians as our guides Ping Pong will be a life affirming adventure into another generation.

About the Director
For the past five years Hugh has produced and directed documentaries for UK and international broadcasters through Banyak Films – a company he co-founded. Broadcasters that Banyak have worked with to date include BBC, Channel Four, National Geographic, Al Jazeera and Sky. Hugh’s last project, Us Now, was first aired on Channel 4′s True Stories. He regularly makes half hour current affairs documentaries for Al Jazeera English.

Anson Hartford has produced documentaries for the BBC, Al Jazeera English, Sky Arts as well as the Film Council, BBC Films and a host of independent ventures. Anson’s last film James Ravilious; A World In Photographs was a BBC4 Arts documentary about one of the great unknowns of British photography. Anson co-founded Banyak Films in 2005.

In September 2010, the Hartford duo were announced as PUMA.Creative Catalyst and Mobility Award Winners for this very movie. And with reviews from the lucky few who have already seen the movie coming out as hugely positive, you would be mad to miss it!
Where & When Can You See It?
The film will be in cinemas from Friday 6th July, whilst also screening at the Olympic Live Sites, until 16th September. You can find links for tickets at the Ping Pong Film’s website if you click here, and details of the free outdoor Olympics screenings will be live on the same site soon. The film is currently running a competition for people to win a pair of tickets to the film’s London premiere on Monday 2nd July. All you have to do is become their friend online via that wonderful social media site Facebook. They are also on Twitter. We have made it VERY easy to reach all forms of their social media so just click the image below for the ‘Ping Pong Movie’ page you want and it will direct you straight there! (So no excuses for not finding out more!)


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