The Barkley’s Rio Olympic medal hopes are at risk after a documentary airing this weekend called Sour Grapes.
The film was commissioned by the London-based charity Sportwatch, which runs a programme of documentaries to raise awareness of health and safety issues surrounding sport and encouraging people to take action to fight them.
The documentary, which was made by a team of five journalists including Mark Bennett, will air on Channel 4 on Monday night.
Its aim is to raise money for Sportwatch and its partners who run sports-based programmes and events across the UK.
Bennett is one of the five journalists who will be in attendance.
The first part of the documentary will be about the events of the day and what it means for the athletes and the sport in general.
We’ve got a really big focus on the day itself, which will be really important to the athletes, as well as the athletes themselves, to try and give them some kind of a sense of perspective on what’s going on in their lives, says Bennett.
“There’s no question that the Olympics are the biggest sporting event in the world, and they’re the biggest sport in the country, so it’s not surprising that they’re at the centre of the story, but we’re also talking about the people involved and the people working in the Olympic movement.”
The second part of Sour Grammies will examine the issues surrounding the Olympic and Paralympic games, which are both about inspiring and celebrating athletes.
The third part of this documentary will focus on how the athletes who are involved in those events relate to the rest of us and to each other.
“It’s going to be a really interesting film to watch,” Bennett says.
“The Olympics are such a big thing, and we’ve got so much work to do, but the fact that it’s happening at all is really important, so hopefully we’ll get a bit of a glimpse into the lives of the athletes that we’re trying to help.”
The fifth part of our documentary will look at the athletes involved in the Paralympics and the Olympics themselves.
This documentary will cover the Paralymics from 2000 until Rio 2024, which is a lot of athletes who have been involved in these events, so we hope it will get a sense for how they see themselves and the future of the sport, says Nathan Gage, who will write and produce the documentary.
“We’ve got this fantastic group of athletes and we’re going to do this really special, intimate film to take a look at what they’re really going through, and hopefully it will bring a little bit of closure to what they’ve gone through.”
‘We don’t know what’s really going on, but there’s a good chance it’s going well’ Bennett says that his team of journalists are excited to do what they do.
“Our team of four journalists are incredibly experienced journalists, so they’re excited to put their expertise and experience into the film, which we hope will be a real eye-opener to some of the people that work in the sport.”
We don [not] know what the future holds for this sport, but I’m pretty confident that the future for the sport is going to continue to improve, and that’s good news,” he says.
Bennett says his team have been contacted by a number of Olympic organisers and officials who are interested in the documentary, but they have not been approached by any official Olympic organisers yet.
“So I’m really looking forward to it, and I hope that there’s not another one coming.” “
This is a very big story, and this is a film that we hope to do for a long time, so that people are not discouraged from going out and doing the things they love,” he said.
“So I’m really looking forward to it, and I hope that there’s not another one coming.”
Watch the full documentary in its entirety below.