Death of a Gentleman

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We’ll try to record all the occasional moments people find ‘Death of a Gentleman’ worth mentioning below so you don’t have to fiddle about on google search engines.

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YAHOO SPORT /September 5, 2015

I’ve seen Death of a Gentleman, a documentary film taking the cricket world by storm, and so have many current and ex-cricketers. It's just we can't talk about it, says our Secret Cricketer.

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THE TELEGRAPH /August 31, 2015

Cricket's big beasts are carving up the sport for their own grubby interests with no care for the damage they're doing

In a love affair with cricket lasting nearly half a century the game has only twice genuinely distressed me. The first time was when a freak ball killed Phillip Hughes last November, and cricket lost its innocence far more utterly than in any of the appalling, but more comprehensible, match-fixing and betting scandals of the 2000s. The second time was last week, when I caught up with Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber’s documentary about the future of Test cricket, Death of a Gentleman.

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ESPN CRICINFO /August 20, 2015

Giles Clarke is target of The Oval silent protest

Giles Clarke could be called to appear before the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee if one conservative MP has his way. Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe, has applied to be chairman of the committee for Clarke to be invited to account for his actions as the ECB's representative at the ICC.

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BBC SPORT /August 20, 2015

ECB ready to discuss cricket becoming an Olympic sport

The England and Wales Cricket Board is no longer opposed to cricket becoming an Olympic sport and will discuss a potential bid in the coming months.

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CRICKETCOUNTRY /August 14, 2015

Unless you are on a spaceship headed to somewhere on the Solar System or beyond, Jarrod Kimber needs no introduction. Sam Collins, his mate from the Two Chuck Fleetwood-Smiths, is an eminent journalist and broadcaster. A few years back, they had a question — that of the future of Test cricket — and set out to find an answer. True to their mission, they dared to tread uncharted waters. What they found out was murky, very murky, reeking of corruption and greed, and ghastly for cricket fan.

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INDEPENDENT /August 10, 2015

All hail the Ashes win but the fight for the soul of Test cricket has only just begun

It was from a vantage point six feet away that you saw how Michael Clarke bled. His hands twisted around each other as he talked about what losing an Ashes Test match meant. There were silent little Australian tragedies like that all over the place on Saturday morning. Like Nathan Lyon, last man out, down on his haunches for fully a minute or more, taking in the vast significance.

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FINANCIAL TIMES /August 6, 2015

A powerful documentary about the death of international cricket

Death of a Gentleman is a documentary about the death of international cricket. Don’t all turn the page. Sam Collins, Johnny Blank and Jarrod Kimber’s film packs a good disputatious punch. Test cricket, they argue, is becoming a corrupt closed shop for England, Australia and India, the rest of the willowed world left yelling for funds, justice, even survival. The film frisks the facts, fingers the Fifa-ish villains and cues us all to shout, and mean it: “It’s not cricket.”

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GUARDIAN /August 6, 2015

The increasing wealth gap in the cricket world is the subject of this revealing documentary

A season’s worth of stories – the IPL, Allen Stanford, internal ICC politics – find themselves squeezed into a single session, yet Collins and Kimber obtain revealing interactions with cricketing powerbrokers (bluff ECB suit Giles Clarke, guarded IPL kingmaker Lalit Modi) and the gathering clouds never quite obscure the filmmakers’ evident love of the game.

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THE TIMES /August 6, 2015

Power brokers fail their big screen test

The Caribbean three months ago: a nostalgic trip to the old Recreation Ground in St John’s, the capital of Antigua. The outfield looked rough, used as it is for football now, the goalposts at either end camouflaging what had been once a beating heart of cricket on the island.

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CRICKET365 /August 3, 2015

Cricket is broken.

Not the on-field stuff. The bat and ball bit still has the capacity to thrill, amaze and frustrate the viewer. It is the second most watched sport in the world for a reason.

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Death of a Gentleman should 'embarrass' the ECB and Giles Clarke

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Amol Rajan: Even if you hate cricket, watch this film that says so much about power

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BBC4 FRONT ROW /July 29, 2015

Death of a Gentleman on BBC Radio 4 Front Row.



TLE ONLINE /July 29 2015

If you’re reading this you’re a sports fan. If you’re a sports fan, you’re a fan of Test Match Cricket. To claim otherwise is akin to being to a lover of sketch comedy with a blind spot for Monty Python.

And if you love Test Match Cricket you must see Death of a Gentleman.

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ESPN CRICINFO / July 29, 2015

Death of a Gentleman exposes how neo-liberal economics threatens the game, while also hinting at worse lying beneath the surface, leaving you feeling disillusioned and angry

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SCROLL.IN /July 29 2015

'Don’t just sit on your behind': A documentary has urgent advice for cricket fans

The British film ‘Death of a Gentleman’ dives into the murky world of international cricket administration and details what needs to be done to save the game.

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ALL OUT CRICKET /July 28, 2015


In response to the release of new film Death of a Gentleman, Sahil Dutta says it’s clearer than ever that the way in which cricket is run must change.

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THE GUARDIAN /July 28, 2015

Death of a Gentleman: call it optimistic, call it idealistic, but it's right

The success of a new cricket documentary by Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber is that it cuts through the confusion engulfing the game’s governance to reach a clear conclusion. If you care about cricket, you should see it.

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ESPN CRICINFO /July 28, 2015

Olympic ideal could prove uncomfortable for Clarke

Giles Clarke's position as president of the ECB could become untenable if the board honours its commitment to reconsider opposition to cricket's involvement in the Olympics.

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DOCGEEKS /July 28 2015

When cricket journalists Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber started making this film four years ago, they did not set out to find a scandal in cricket. They set out to investigate ‘merely’ why a popular shorter version of the game, Twenty20, was attracting far more money, far more broadcasting deals and far more fans than their beloved Test cricket. But that narrative soon changed.

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THE GUARDIAN /July 28, 2015

Cricket in cinema: heroes and villains on the big screen

Cricketing films tend to focus on heroics on the pitch, but a new campaigning documentary, Death of a Gentleman, looks at the dirty tricks off the pitch

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DAILY MAIL /July 28, 2015

Death of a Gentleman is a film to trouble all lovers of cricket... the greed of England, Australia and India is killing the global game

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THE TELEGRAPH /July 28, 2015

Meet the man who is trying to save Test cricket from a cruel death

Sam Collins's documentary Death of a Gentleman charts the decline and fall of Test cricket as we know it. He tells Tom Fordy that the actions of a select few are depriving us all one of the world's great games

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DAILY MAIL /July 27, 2015

Father-to-be Harry Judd cuts a stylish figure in checked shirt and skinny jeans as he attends Death Of A Gentleman film premiere

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England head of women’s cricket Clare Connor was stopped by her ECB employers from contributing to Death of a Gentleman — a new film which exposes giant flaws in the international game.

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THE TELEGRAPH /July 15, 2015

There may be a freedom of expression about the way the England team play their cricket at the moment but the world of English cricket politics is as sensitive as ever, judging by Mike Brearley’s public apology to Giles Clarke for calling him an employee of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

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The final innings

Lovers of the gentleman’s game have something to look forward to. Or not, depending on how they feel about the commercialisation of cricket. London-based freelance journalists Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber are ready with Death of a Gentleman, a documentary that trains its lens on the impact of Twenty20 on the sport.

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THE NATIONAL /July 13, 2015

Documentary film Death of a Gentleman hits on bigger story than just cricket

The 10-day London Indian Film Festival begins on Thursday and closes with a documentary that begins by asking if Test cricket is still a sport relevant to today’s satellite television audiences.

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ALL OUT CRICKET /July 13, 2015

John Stern attended
 the premiere of a new documentary, Death of a Gentleman, which goes right to the very heart of the game’s governance to ask what the future holds for Test cricket.

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THE TELEGRAPH /June 15, 2015

Any movie worth its salt needs a baddie. Death of a Gentleman, a new documentary about the decline of Test cricket and the murky world of the sport’s administration, offers up not one but two.

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THE TIMES /June 9, 2015

The makers of a film about the dysfunctional governance of world cricket, which premiered at a documentary festival in Sheffield yesterday, hope that the culmination of their four-year journey will mark the start of a concerted bid to rescue their beloved game from what they believe is “the biggest scandal in sport”.

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BFI /June 9, 2015

Cricket, gospel music, Greenpeace and the social divide – this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest offered a typically diverse platter of themes, finds BFI curator Ros Cranston.

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TALKSPORT /Jan 29, 2013

Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber discuss the film Death of a Gentleman – which deals with the future of Test cricket – on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show on Talksport.

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THE TIMES /Jan 28, 2013

“Test cricket has been dead longer than it has been alive.” So says Sam Collins, a British film-maker who, with Jarrod Kimber, an Australian, set out two years ago to find out whether — and how — five-day cricket could survive in the age of the two-minute attention span...

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THE NEW ZEALAND HERALD /October 28, 2012

In the battle to save test cricket, one scene stands out.

In 2008, Allen Stanford (then Sir Allen) arrived at Lord's via helicopter and presented the England and Wales Cricket Board with a perspex briefcase of US$20 million for the victor of a one-off match between the Stanford Superstars (effectively the West Indies) and England, to be held at his ground in Antigua...

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LE MONDE /September 21, 2012

Les traditions anglaises ne sont plus ce qu'elles étaient. Du moins sur les terrains de cricket, le deuxième sport le plus suivi au monde après le football...

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WISDEN INDIA /August 14, 2012

As Jarrod Kimber, one of the creators of the movie along with Sam Collins, tells me, “There are three main questions everyone in cricket asks right now – Is this game fixed? Is Test cricket dying? And of course, is the Indian Premier League (or Twenty20) good or bad?” ...

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REPORTAGE ONLINE /February 25, 2012

The results are in, and it doesn't look good; Test cricket is dying. Gina Baldassarre reports...

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ABC /December 28, 2011

Dan Lonergan talks to The Two Chucks, Jarrod Kimber and Sam Collins, about their working documentary about the problems facing Test cricket...

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