One Night in 2012
UK, 2016 (100 min.)
The story of London’s Olympic Opening Ceremony, as seen through the eyes of its artistic director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours), his creative team and just some of the thousands of volunteers who worked to make it happen. The documentary relates how they united in the face of a cynical nation and produced a warm-up act like no other. The opening ceremony had little to do with sport, but was rather a brilliant evocation of British national identity. A film that deserves attention from scholars of nationalism.
“An insight into a moment of national pride (...) a monument to a type of the British self-image”
“[Boyle resisted to] make Britain’s defeat of fascism take centre stage”
Angie Mason, Rogan Productions, BBC