An AFL documentary of a different kind comes to Nine.
Former AFL footballer Jim Stynes’ battle with cancer has been produced by his closest friends, including Jules Lund and Paul Currie (One Perfect Day).
Jim Stynes has never shied away from a challenge, whether it was moving to a new country to conquer a sport he had never seen, helping restore self-belief in teenagers, or bringing the AFL’s oldest football club back from the brink of extinction. But his biggest challenge lies ahead as he continues his brave fight against cancer.
This raw and moving account documents Stynes’ journey, from arriving in Australia as an 18-year-old Gaelic footballer to graduating as one of the AFL’s most celebrated players, and now to his diagnosis and struggle with cancer.
At times confronting, the one-hour documentary provides an insight into Stynes’ daily routine as he continues to battle the tumours that have riddled his body and rise above the disease.
Viewers will be touched by his remarkable yet highly controversial approach to his diagnosis as he welcomes us into his world of chemotherapy, radiation, raw food diets and alternative therapies.
Intimate stories from those closest to Stynes will be featured in the film that also introduces us to a raw and exposed side of the man rarely seen in public.
The documentary has been directed, filmed, edited and produced by Stynes’ closest friends, including Jules Lund and Paul Currie, co-founder of The Reach Foundation.
Jim Stynes played 264 games with the Melbourne Football Club after migrating to Australia in 1984. He won a Brownlow Medal in 1991 and holds the record for playing the most consecutive AFL games (244). The father of two was named Victorian of the Year twice in 2001 and 2003 and has been honoured with an Order of Australia medal.
This will air at different times and dates in different states, led by a primetime screening in Melbourne.
Sunday 19th September 2010 – Nine
Melb – 1830pm-1930
Adelaide – 1500pm-1600
Perth – 1700pm-1800
Wednesday 22nd September 2010 – Nine
Syd/Melb/Bris/Adelaide/Perth – 2230pm-2330
Saturday 25th September 2010