TOM WALKER (25) is a highflying economics correspondent for a top national newspaper in London, who has career satisfaction written all over his face; he’s good at his job and he knows it. His life is as perfectly ordered as the spreadsheets he analyses, and on his current trajectory, the sky’s the limit.
Until he is summoned into his boss JAMES BRADSHAW’S (52) office, who drops the bombshell: the paper is making cuts and Tom’s job is on the line. Tom will do anything to save his career, face and the world as he knows it. James admits there is one assignment but its not exactly Tom’s forte – an upbeat piece on Brazilian football in the run up to the World Cup.
Tom would steal a lollipop from a child if the job demanded it, but he despises football; it destroyed his parents’ marriage and ruined his childhood. His father, MIKE WALKER (62), spent the last 25 years eating, sleeping and breathing football, at least when he wasn’t in the pub getting pissed. He lost his career as a sports writer and his family to drink. Tom will be damned if he’s going to follow his father’s footsteps.
If he can just get to Brazil, rattle out a fluff piece and get the next plane home, he’ll be able to get back to his perfectly ordered life in no time. But from the moment he touches down in Rio, he begins to discover that there is a lot more to this country and its beautiful game…
The Brazilian football team is one of the modern wonders of the world. At its best it exudes a skill, flamboyance and romantic pull like nothing else on earth. Football is how the world sees Brazil and how Brazilians see themselves.
The game symbolises racial harmony, flamboyance, youth, innovation and skill, and yet football is also a microcosm of Latin America’s largest country and contains all of its contradictions. In FUTEBOL, Bellos shows how Brazil changed football and how football shaped Brazil.
Alex Bellos’ FUTEBOL sold over 30 thousand copies in the UK alone and was translated into Japanese, Chinese, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Czech, Turkish, Greek and Finnish. It was shortlisted for Sports Book of the Year in the 2004 British Book Awards, and for Book of the Year in the 2003 National Sporting Club Book Awards.
Richard Goldgewicht has written and directed an eclectic mix of films including documentary, animation and live action. From his award-winning short Blue Rondo (2000), inspired by Dave Brubeck’s experimental Jazz track ‘Blue Rondo a la Turk’ or his comical portrayal of the Middle-Eastern conflict in Tel Aviv (2004), to his feature debut Pablo, about the famed designer and counterculture artist Pablo Ferro (Rotterdam Film Festival Premiere, 2012, featuring Angelica Huston, Andy Garcia and the voice of Jeff Bridges), Richard has tackled a variety of subjects, always with a light touch and sense of humour.
Elizabeth has worked in the film industry for over 12 years. Starting out in Los Angeles, she became Michael Peyser’s Head of Development, was Associate Producer on Christopher Hampton’s Imagining Argentina starring Antonio Banderas and Emma Thompson (Venice 2003) and wrote three feature length screenplays, whilst developing a broad slate of indie and studio pictures.
She returned to London in 2005 and set up the Southern Exposure Film Fund with Film London, working with emergent filmmaking talent. Concurrently, Elizabeth founded development and production company Tailormade Productions. In 2009 she wrote and co-directed and produced the feature Island starring Natalie Press and Janet McTeer, which premiered at Glasgow Film Festival in 2011 and was distributed by Soda Pictures. In 2012 she wrote My Soviet Kitchen with development funding from the BFI which she is set to co-direct in 2013.
In 2002, Raí and Paulo Velasco joined forces to manage the Raí brand.
The partnership was so rewarding that both of them decided to open Raí+Velasco to extend the successful experience to other talents and venues. Currently, the company works with brands such as athletes Zetti, Raí, Magic Paula, architect Ruy Ohtake and Sala Raí, an executive box located in Morumbi stadium.
Their role as co-producers is to seek and broker of high-profile support and sponsorship among the communities of business and advertising in Brazil.
Eitan is former partner at advertising production company Trattoria, where he produced more than 500 spots, music vídeos and short movies – between 1996 and 2007
In his current career as a Strategic Communication Consultant he helps organizations to understand and deal with issues of the Digital Revolution, leveraging its opportunities and restraining its risks. His approach combines Digital and Productivity Strategies, under the umbrella of Strategic Design.
As co-producer, his role in Futebol is to articulate the communication strategy of the project from its early stages.