EXCLUSIVE: Abramorama has acquired the North American rights to the Michelle Walshe and Justin Pemberton rugby documentary Chasing Great. The film from Augusto follows New Zealand All Blacks rugby superstar Richie McCaw. The exclusive trailer can be seen below.
Chasing Great reached a milestone as the top-grossing doc in New Zealand of all time and had the third highest opening weekend in Australia. McCaw is regarded as one of the greatest athletes of all time. He holds the position of captain of the All Blacks which is the winningest rugby team ever. The film puts a spotlight on his life and his final season with the All Blacks.
“Chasing Great is a character study that delves into what it takes to succeed at the highest level,” said Michelle Walshe, Film Director and CEO of Augusto. “People have been truly moved by what Richie shares in the film, giving some, life-changing insights into the mental side of high performance. There are tens of millions of rugby fans in the USA and we are really excited to be working with Abramorama to bring the film to them.”
Abramorama’s CCO & EVP Karol Martesko-Fenster and West Coast Head of Acquisitions & Business Development Evan Saxon adds, “The sport continues to build a passionate and dedicated fanbase worldwide and we will be partnering with Rugby Clubs and college teams to have screening events across the country attracting fans of every nationality. Working closely with Augusto, we’ve structured a unique hybrid theatrical and ancillary distribution rollout to spotlight this powerful film.“
Abramorama plans to release a national theatrical rollout for Chasing Great in February 2018.
Martesko-Fenster, Evan Saxon and Robert Marcus, Esq. on behalf of Abramorama, and Cass Avery of Augusto and Tim White of Southern Light Films, alongside Tim Riley of Dominion Law on behalf of the filmmakers, negotiated the deal.