Gladiators: A Different World

Dearcán Media

TV Programming

Northern Ireland

2014

Total project grant (euros)

57,560

Programme

Creative Europe

Sub-programme

MEDIA

Funding scheme

TV Programming

Call number

S24/2013

Number of partners in project

6

Lead organisation

Studio Nominum (LT)

Partners

Associate Directors (BE);

Vides Filmu Studija (LV);

Planet Korda Pictures (IE);

Dearcán Media (UK);

Stefilm International (IT)

Wonderful Losers: A Different World (previously titled Gladiators: A Different World) is a documentary by Arūnas Matelis about the unique side of professional cycling. It is about the relationship between those who lead and those who are ready to sacrifice themselves to help their teammates achieve the victoy.

Behind the elite teams of world cycling there are unknown fighters, true heroes of cycling who crash, get up and go again. An odyssey that reveals an unusual look at the wonderful losers, those who sacrifice their professional careers for the glory of their teammates. What motivates them to continue pedalling in absolute anonymity in one of the most physically and psychologically demanding sports?

We follow these 'Sancho Panzas' of professional cycling for 7 years and discover the so far invisible life of these men, without whom the professional teams would be without podium or trophy.

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