A Life Unexpected is a new documentary about the life of world-renowned Athletics Coach and Dunera Boy, Franz Stampfl - who produced over 350 Olympians, World Champions and National Champions from over 17 countries during his 60+ year career, including coaching Roger Bannister to break the Four Minute Mile in 1954.
At a time when we all need heroes and to be reminded of the power of one, this documentary tells the tale of one individual's amazing and unexpected life – showing all of us that anyone, anywhere can do anything if we just dare to believe.
This concept trailer has been produced to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Franz Stampfl's birth (November 18th, 2013) and features highlights from interviews filmed in Oxford UK, Dublin Ireland, Vienna Austria and Melbourne Australia. Interviewees featured in this teaser include: Sir Roger Bannister, Sir Christopher Chataway, John Landy, Ralph Doubell, Ulick O'Connor, Tim Lincoln (Merv Lincoln's son), Mike Sondheim and members of the Stampfl family.
Written, Directed & Edited by Sally McLean
Director of Photography: Tim Egan
Gaffer: Saraj Alkemade
Sound: Gunay Demerci
Production Coordinator (London & Dublin): Daniel Salter
Production Coordinator (Vienna): Ernst Vogl
Production Coordinator (Melbourne): Marg Woodlock-McLean
Stills Photographer (London & Dublin): Daniel Salter
Stills Photographer (Vienna): Ingo Folie
On Set Translator (Vienna): Arno Rupp
Making of footage (London & Dublin): Daniel Salter
Making of footage (Melbourne): Ben Steel
Music: Tommy Rando
German Translations & Subtitles: Laura Wagner
Logo by Tim Hoffman
Co-produced by Marg Woodlock-McLean
Produced by Ben Steel & Sally McLean
Executive Produced by Robert Lewis Galinsky
Sony Cameras & Zeiss lenses provided by GearHead (Melbourne).
Official film website: alifeunexpected.com
The development phase of this documentary was funded entirely by public donations. This project would not be possible without the support of the Australia Business Arts Foundation and the Documentary Australia Foundation, and of course, our wonderfully supportive donors. Thank you to the AbAF Australia Cultural Fund and the DAF for supporting independent documentary makers in Australia and to our family of donors for supporting us in the making of this film! We would also like to acknowledge our family of investors and partners for enabling us to finally bring this documentary to the screen - we couldn't have done it without your belief and support and are delighted to share this journey with you.