Oxford prepares for the Boat Race (1/6)





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Published on Nov 10, 2011

250,000 spectators watch the world famous Oxford and Cambridge boat race each year.

This series will cover a period of six months, from when the young hopefuls trial for a place on the boat race team, through to the great day itself. The first film shows the September boat club trials, and has a interview with former Blue, and Olympic Gold Medallist, Andy Hodge (St Catherine's 2004). This and subsequent films discuss the commitment needed, the difficulties of juggling academic rigours with a gruelling rowing schedule, the physical pain, as well as the joy of being part of such a celebrated crew.

In addition, each film has a piece of specially commissioned music by David Hughes, a third-year music undergraduate at Somerville College, who is specialising in composition.

Produced by Angel Sharp Media for Oxford University Public Affairs Directorate.




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