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London Prepares


Fast Girls

Winning Gold on the Track and the Silver Screen


With not long to go until the biggest sporting spectacle arrives on London’s doorstep, things are beginning to heat up around the host city. The excitement has not been lost on the silver screen either, as an inspirational sport-themed film called “Fast Girls” has recently hit cinemas. recently heard from some of the film’s stars, including Noel Clarke, Lenora Crichlow and Lily James.

Although there are many Olympic themes, the film actually revolves around London hosting the World Championships. Coach Tommy (Noel Clarke) has the tough task of bringing together a group of diverse athletes with the goal of winning gold in the 4×100 relay. Crichlow and James play the main characters of Shania and Lisa, two athletes from very different backgrounds. The duo must overcome these differences in order to come together as a team and bring home gold for Great Britain.

The underlying message of being able to overcome personal obstacles was emphasized by their co-star and 4×100 teammate, Dominique Tipper. “You’re not defined by where you are from, you define your own future”.

Despite enjoying the process of making the film, it certainly didn’t come without hard work. While only portraying the role of athletes, they still had to train like their professional counterparts. Lead actress Lenora Crichlow detailed the grueling six week training schedule and was more than happy it was completed. Daily sessions with top British athletes included 100 and 200 metre circuits as well as 500 sit ups a day starting at 6 a.m.

According to actor Noel Clarke, the passion brought out in the film has certainly put pressure on the real athletes to deliver in the next couple of months. He also touched on the hard work put into making a movie, as compared to the dedication and training put in by athletes. “A year of work put into the making of the film is only shown in 90 minutes of action, similar to the hard background work done by the athletes leading up to the games.”

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