Dublin production company Athena Media is moving into post-production on its documentary ‘Beyond Limits’ next week after a successful shoot around Ireland.
Director and producer Helen Shaw (Pat Falvey: My Private Everest) and presenter Mark Pollock travelled the length of the country to capture the journey of seven Irish Paralympic hopefuls as they train to qualify for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Northern Irish man Pollock has himself overcome a disability, after completely losing his sight at the age of 22, he went on to become a champion rower, and the first blind person to reach the South Pole, having competed against Olympic medal-winner James Cracknell in the South Pole Race.
Other athletes featured in the hour-long documentary include Mark Rohan, the world number one Para-Cycling champion, despite being paralysed from the waist down after a motorbike accident, and Darragh McDonald, the teenage swimming sensation who has already competed at international level and taken home a silver medal.
Paula Cunniffe (Pat Falvey: My Private Everest) is the assistant producer of the project, while Barry MacNeill (Pat Falvey: My Private Everest) and Eleanor Bowman (Dead Meat) were behind the camera.
Athena will look after post-production starting Monday, July 2. MacNeill is the offline editor, with Eugene McCrystal (Citadel) working on online editing and grading.
Athena’s Lisa Essuman was the researcher on the documentary along with Cunniffe.
The documentary was awarded €60,000 in production funding from the BAI Broadcasting Funding Scheme – Sound & Vision II.
Setanta Sports will air the documentary on August 27, just two days before the London 2012 Paralympic Games start on August 29.
For a teaser trailer of what will air on Setanta in August, click here.