The Australian Women’s Cricket Team pulled a rabbit out of a hat, just one week prior to the Covid-19 pandemic leading to world sport being paused.
Now, a new documentary, The Record, showcases the team’s glory journey at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. Cricket Australia has launched is premiering the film this Friday, February 12, 2021, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
The Record tells the story of the Australian Women’s Cricket Team and their journey at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. The film follows the heroic exploits on the field, and the equally daring off-field campaign to “fill the MCG” for the final on International Women’s Day 2020. If the stadium were to sell out, a new world record for attendance at a women’s sporting event would be set.
This audacious plan relied heavily on Australia getting through to the final. But, out-of-form players, injuries, a wild storm, the heavy burden of favouritism and fierce competition, threatened to end the mighty campaign of Australian’ Women’s Cricket Team, and with it, hopes of a new world record. Led fearlessly by captain Meg Lanning, a physically and mentally wounded Australia embark upon a miraculous recovery – all the way to the bright lights of the MCG.
The Record goes inside the most dramatic World Cup in history – and gives voice to the players who belong on this stage. Alongside meg, these sporting stars include Rachael Haynes, Australian Women’s Cricket team Vice-Captain, Head Coach Matthew Mott and players Beth Mooney, Megan Schutt, Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry, Molly Strano. You’ll also hear from Indian Captain, Harmanpreet Kaur, Heather Knight, English Captain, Dane van Niekerk, South African Captain and Sornnarin Tippoch, Thailand Captain.
The Record is produced by Her Films, a production company established in 2017 by producer Nicole Minchin and journalist Angela Pippos. Their aim was to create powerful documentaries about women, and they seem to have succeeded! Throughout history the stories of women have largely been invisible – sidelined, ignored or forgotten. With its focus on storytelling, creativity and equality, Her Films’ objective is to entertain, inspire and bring about social change.
“The moment we heard about the bold plan to fill the MCG on International Women’s Day 2020 we knew we had to be a part of it,” revealed producers Nicole Minchin and Angela Pippos. “Here was a seismic opportunity to shift the sporting landscape. As documentary filmmakers with a passion for equality and social change, this story was irresistible. The tournament, and the quest for the record, threw up more drama than we could ever have imagined and we couldn’t be more excited to share The Record with the world.”
Cricket Australia Interim CEO Nick Hockley said The Record is a production that Cricket Australia is extremely proud of and excited to see come to life.
“The documentation of Australia’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup campaign has given us the opportunity to reflect on what was a monumental occasion for cricket. I would like to thank everyone who played their part in bringing both the event and this documentary to life. Reliving this special moment in time will hopefully inspire the next generation of cricketers, both girls and boys, to aspire to play on the biggest stage of all.”
The Record premieres on Amazon Prime Video on Friday February 12, 2021.