THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
IN UK CINEMAS ON OCTOBER 9
IN UK CINEMAS ON OCTOBER 9
Wonderful – Sunday Herald
Utterly Life affirming – The Irish Times
Spellbinding – Film Ireland Magazine
A Must See – RTE
A tragic fall left blind athlete, Mark Pollock, paralysed. Unbreakable is the story of how he found his courage again.
Directed by award winning filmmaker Ross Whitaker (When Ali Came to Ireland; Saviours), Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story follows the almost unbelievable tragedies that life has thrown at Mark and his resolve to move beyond them.
Unbroken by blindness at 22, Mark was a Commonwealth Games medal winner and competed in ultra endurance races across deserts, mountains and the polar ice caps and, ten years after losing his sight, he became the first blind person to race to the South Pole; a race that allowed him to finally put the demons of blindness behind him. But then, just four weeks from the day of his planned wedding to fiancée Simone, a fall 25 feet from a second story window left Mark near death and paralysed from the waist down.
This moving, fascinating and ultimately uplifting film brings the audience to Mark’s bedside in the acute ward of a spinal hospital – blind, now paralysed and broken. The close friendship between Mark and the filmmaker has produced a delicate, deeply personal and intensely intimate film. Six years in the making, it tells the story of Mark’s eventual rehabilitation and his mission to find and connect people worldwide to fast track a cure for paralysis, a mission which gives the audience a glimpse of the frontiers of robotics and medical science.
Unbreakable is ultimately a testament to the power of human relationships. It follows Mark and Simone as they use their combined force to challenge their fate and how the support of thousands of people around the world has carried them on.
In the final scenes, the film brings viewers to the laboratories at UCLA, where groundbreaking research instigated by this amazing couple lead to Mark, a paralysed man, voluntarily moving his leg for the first time since the accident.
As Unbreakable documents, much of the work that Mark and Simone have started on exploring and pushing the boundaries of science and medicine to fast-track a cure for spinal injury has been funded through Run in the Dark, the Mark Pollock Trust’s highly successful annual global fundraising event. It attracts over 25,000 entrants worldwide to run or walk 5 km or 10 km at one of the official events in London, Manchester, Belfast, Dublin and Cork or one of the 45 pop-up events which take place across six continents from Sydney to San Francisco.
Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story was produced with the participation of the Irish Film Board / Bord Scannán na hÉireann; RTÉ and Rehab.