GLORY GAME – THE JOOST VAN DER WESTHUIZEN STORY Company: Blink Pictures PTY Ltd

24 Oct 2017

Company: Blink Pictures PTY Ltd

Country: SOUTH AFRICA

Section: DOCUMENTARY TEAM SPORT

Discipline: Rugby

Year: 2014

Director: Odette Schwegler

Editing: Odette Schwegler, Sharron Hawkes, Jan Potgieter, Petri Kleynhans

Actors: Franco Booysens, Liam Schwegler, Christian Schwegler, Riley Schwegler, Jarod Smith, Donovan Lottering, Richard Pinkney

Photography: Michael Yelseth, Ian Miller, Natalie Haarhof, Thomas Pretorius

Soundtrack: “Mr Number 9” – Sumi Botha, “Folsom Prison Blues” – Composed & performed by Johnny Cash

Producer: Executive Producers: Joost van der Westhuizen, Odette Schwegler; kykNET E. P.:Jan du Plesses, Karen Meiring, Annike Villet

Coproducer: Michael Yelseth, John Webb, H.R.H

Time: 86 min

Projection: Thursday 17 November  – 15.00 – Sala Colonne

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Synopsis

Known for years as the “golden boy “of SA Rugby, the world reeled in shock in April 2011 when the news broke that Joost van der Westhuizen had been diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease (MND). The disease attacked the central nervous system, causing progressive disability. There is no known cure. His game-changing prowess as a rugby player is now galvanized in a battle for survival and, more importantly, to make a difference to the lives of others with the disease.  Despite specialist assurance that he’d be in a wheelchair in a year and not likely to see his 42th Birthday, Joost not only celebrated in style, but took to the skies, travelling internationally with his “J9 Foundation” to meet the great minds who are working to find a cure. Joost’s quest for a cure is relentless and his spirit has motivated those around him to champion the cause…because in spite of the adversity he has faced, Joost remains a man to envy.