Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man – Life on Robben Island by Mandela

Client

BBC

Distribution

Broadcast

Expertise

Live Event Capture

Service(s)

Editing + Filming + International + Interview & Documentary + Live Event Capture + Music Selection & Rights Clearances

Location

South Africa

Sometimes, we must draw hope from the most unlikely places. As part of his incredible 27-marathons-in-27-days challenge for Sport Relief, Eddie completed a marathon on Robben Island – where his hero Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.

In this moving film, Eddie uses Mandela’s own words to describe the isolation and grinding routine of prison life. Yet, even in this bleak environment, the prisoner never gave up.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but triumph over fear,” Eddie narrates. Sharing one of the most poignant moments in Eddie’s epic journey, this film is also a moving tribute to the great man who inspired it.

Cloud Nine Media: Every thousand miles begins with a production meeting

From Mthatha (the birthplace of Nelson Mandela) to the finishing line in Pretoria, Cloud Nine Media documented Eddie’s incredible journey every step of the way. Series Producer Steve Maud worked with Director of Photography Aaron Witchard to deliver daily content for BBC3’s new exclusively online channel on behalf of Lion TV.

Filming, editing and uploading over 100 short films in less than a month required absolute focus, logistical precision, and not a little stamina of our own. Eddie’s run captured the public’s imagination and raised more than £1 million for Sport Relief.

“Filming this day was an experience I’ll never forget,” says Steve. “It’s such an incredible story, we decided to use Mandela’s own words to capture that sense of history.”