From The Ashes Trailer Online

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From The Ashes Trailer Online

by Phil de Semlyen |
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As trophies go, cricket's Ashes may be small - Zoolander Academy-small - but it's also the one of the most prized in sport. It goes to the winners of one of the most ferocious contests in sport: a series between England and Australia that's rich in lore, history and men in white trying to knock each others' heads off.

From The Ashes captures one of the fiercest Ashes summers in all its glory; a six-match series that England seemed poised to lose, before Ian Botham singlehandedly staged one of the great sporting comebacks at Headingley. The documentary reassembles some of the key players in that long, hot summer - Botham, Bob Willis, Allan Border, Allan Border's moustache - and sets their memories to archive footage that will have any cricket fan's heart beating just a little faster.

It's made by the people who brought us last year's Italia '90 doc One Night In Turin. While that didn't set our world alight, From The Ashes looks likely to make English cricket fans very happy indeed. The parallels between 1981 (cricket, royal weddings, economic strife) and now (cricket, royal weddings, economic strife) may not stand forensic levels of scrutiny - for one thing, England won the Ashes really easily this time - but the cricketing action surely will.


From The Ashes is out in cinemas on May 10 and on DVD on May 30.

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