Mar 14

Supermen: A story of British Wrestlers documentary review by Dave Bodymore

Throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s British Wrestling was a leader in the world wrestling market, producing some of the best wrestlers in the world. Over the years the American style has taken over and this has turned what was once a thriving industry into a niche market. But this has not stopped plenty of men and women wanting to follow in the footsteps of the World of Sport greats and live their wrestling dream.

In a country with an estimated population of around 65 million people most will be destined to live a 9-5 existence but for some this lifestyle just does not satisfy them. Those men and women will detour from this path to follow a dream, that for most is out of reach. But what is it that drives these people towards their dreams? Supermen: A Story of British Wrestlers looks at those who have done so to varying degrees of success and gets their opinions on a multitude of topics.

For all wrestlers the ultimate goal is to reach the WWE, which is currently the pinnacle of the wrestling industry, but what does it take to get there and what drives those that are trying to get there? Supermen, filmed throughout 2012, gets the opinions of British wrestlers ranging from 17 years old to over 60 and looks at topics like injuries, sacrifices and the wrestling business itself.

The diverse set of wrestlers interviewed, including names like Fit Finlay, Dave Taylor and Robby Brookside, means that there are some extremely interesting and thought provoking opinions offered throughout the film.

As well as the interview footage, which covers many locations, the directors have also woven in footage of matches that help back the points being raised. There is also an interesting scene that was not too far from one in the the film ‘The Wrestler’ as we see two promoters making their way around a hardware store inspecting different objects and trying to find weapons for their upcoming show.

For anyone involved with or interested in British Wrestling, director Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou has produced a must see documentary that definitely makes you question the current position of British wrestling, gives you insight into how tough you had to be to succeed in the World of Sport era and hopefully will increase the amount of respect you have for the hard working wrestlers that give their all for our entertainment.

Supermen will be officially released in early April, with the actual date being announced during the week commencing March 17th, and will be available for free through the official website, www.supermenfilm.co.uk. If you enjoy the documentary, and I am sure you will, then you will be able to ‘tip’ money through paypal. By tipping £5.00 you will get yourself a physical copy of the standard edition DVD, released in May. If you tip £10.00 then you will receive the Collector’s Edition which, as well as the full documentary. will include full interviews with Rockstar Spud and Dave ‘Fit’ Finlay. Donating an extra £2.50 on either option gets you the Blu Ray instead of the DVD.

So my overall thoughts on Supermen? This is a documentary that I have been extremely excited for since I first heard about it last year and they have certainly managed to meet my expectations, with some fantastic interviews with some of the best wrestlers in the UK right now and some fantastic footage included. There are times where you are unsure what the wrestlers are talking about but this by no means ruins the experience and I would wholeheartedly recommend this to any wrestling fan wanting to gain a better understanding of what the guys ad girls give up to entertain us.

For more information you can go to www.supermenfilm.co.uk or follow them on Twitter @SupermenFilm.