Investing in this project will help us create a full treatment for our feature film about this international sporting icon.
Extensive research has been undertaken by Shirley’s son Matthew de la Hunty and has revealed a web of intrigue which goes way beyond an athletic career.
…Cold War politics, ASIO files, Shirley’s World Record behind the Iron Curtain in 1955, her humble WA wheatbelt beginnings during the depression…
The combination of her sporting fame, intellect and social conscience against the back drop of the Cold war era Melbourne Olympics is an amazing Australian story.
We have assembled a fantastic group of people to work together to bring the story of Shirley to the big screen – but we need your help!
Not only was Shirley an athlete without peer, but she was a woman ahead of her time. Not afraid to add her voice to a cause, she was a feminist before the term was known.
We need to assemble our team in one place to create our draft and your assistance will enable this to happen.
Dave Warner is a writer of considerable repute and has grown up with the legacy of Shirley Strickland. He became acquainted with Matthew de la Hunty though musical circles and together they will wade through the records, the anecdotes, the images and the history that is Shirley’s legacy and create a first draft for a film to be presented for future funding to screen industry agencies.
This is the first step to what is envisaged to become a West Australian film production completed in time for the 2020 Olympic Games, thereby maximising the impact and the potential audience for the story.