Joost van der Westhuizen’s trailer doccie released

Joost van der Westhuizen’s trailer doccie released

Aug 21, 2014, 09:52 PM

Entitled Joost: Spel van Glorie (Joost: Game of Glory), the documentary will premiere at the upcoming Silverskermfees in Cape Town, which is set to run from 27 – 30 August 2014.

According to Beeld, the former Springbok player, who suffers from motor neuron disease, will attend the premiere of the documentary, which was directed by Odette Schwegler.

Speaking to the publication, Schwegler explained that she did an insert about Joost as an investigative journalist for Carte Blanche in 2013, but felt that it didn’t really do his story justice.

“I just afterwards thought that his story is worth so much more than twenty minutes on a Sunday evening,” Schwegler told Beeld.

Six months later, she had finally mustered up the courage to approach Joost about her idea, and says all he asked her was how much of his time she was going to need for the next two years of his life.

“Joost talks about everything. It is after all his story. But the movie is also about each one of us. It’s a story about humanity, about courage, and about redemption,” Schwegler explained of the film.

“For Joost to have given us the access he did was incredibly brave. I feel honoured, but also humbled to have been able to play a part in the telling of his story.

“The best way to tell a story is to tell it properly. We didn’t just do interviews with his family, but also with rugby legends across the world.”

The film includes interviews with Joost’s children, Jordan and Kylie, as well as his ex-wife Amor Vittone, and also features rugby players including Matt Dawson, Scott Hastings, George Gregan, Francois Pienaar, and Corné Krige.

Meanwhile, this week Joost showed he is up for any task. After being challenged by Jacaranda FM's The Complimentary Breakfast, Joost took on the #ALSIceBucketChallenge.

The Ice Bucket Challenge, or the #ALSIce BucketChallenge, is all about having a bucket of ice water thrown on one's head, filming it and nominating three other people to do the same, all in an effort to raise funds and awareness around ALS.
 
In 2011, Joost was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), an aggressive form of MND. He is now in stage three of MND, and will become bed-ridden once he reaches stage four. 
 
The former Springbok captain contacted The Complimentary Breakfast to thank the team for undertaking the #IceBucketChallenge and accepted the challenge to participate himself. 
 
He went on to nominate the Springboks, The Wallabies and The All Blacks and Jacaranda FM GM, Kevin Fine. 

 

 

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