Ten minutes before a boxing match, a teenage boxer with Downs Syndrome fights for his right to get in the ring.
The story unfolds backstage in the immediate moments leading up to the fight. Fighter finds himself torn between his over-bearing trainer, a sister who hates seeing him get hurt and a boxing committee unsure whether to sanction him to fight at all.
Both an exploration of amateur boxing and freedom of choice, Fighter is a tense, visceral human drama about one persons's fight to follow his dreams.
Director: Bugsy Steel
Writer: Guy Bolton
Producer: Tina Pawlik
DOP: Jann Doeppert
Editor: Brendan Jenkinson
Colorist: James Bamford
Composer: Shervin Shaeri
Sound Design: Chris Whiteside
Fighter: Tommy Jessop (The Dammed United)
Pop: Simon Kunz (The Last Kingdom)
Joel: Robbie O'Neill (Little Boy Blue)
Chrissie: Laura Morgan (The Hollow Crown)
Len: Delroy Atkinson (Pirates of The Caribbean)
Only having just been premiered at the BFI London Film Festival. Fighter has already picked up three awards and been screened at:
Official Selection / BFI London Film Festival
Official Selection / Berlin Shorts
Official Selection / Cinequest Film Festival
Official Selection / Lift-Off London Film Festival
Winner / Lift-Off Season Awards
Directors Notes: directorsnotes.com/2017/10/10/bugsy-riverbank-steel-fighter/
UK Film Review: "Intense and markedly compelling, short film Fighter".
Comicfade: "‘Fighter’ is a visceral, beautiful, and moving experience".
David Reviews: "‘Fighter’ promises something different in the sweat-stained boxing genre."
The download and DVD of this film is available for purchase at: sproutflix.org/all-films/fighter/”