Younger: Looking Forward To Getting Older

A film about friendship and purpose in masters athletics, a place where every five years, getting older means becoming the youngest.

★★★★
“Danielle Sellwood’s documentary should be treasured by many.”
Mansel Stimpson, Film Review Daily

“It’s just so joyful…A powerful antidote to what the ageing process is supposed to look like.”
BBC Radio Scotland

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“Exercise is not a luxury. It is the key to healthy ageing.”
Olga Kotelko (1919-2014) World record holder – Masters’ athletics

In a quiet corner, far removed from big money, celebrity status and drug scandals lies the true value of sport. This is a film about friendship and purpose in masters athletics, a place where every five years, getting older means becoming the youngest.

Younger follows a group of female athletes in their 60s, 70s and 80s over the course of a year as they prepare to compete in masters competitions. In these competitions, athletes compete in age groups that span five years, 60-64, 65-69 etc. When an athlete moves up an age group they are then the youngest, and this means they are more likely to win or break records. So, as they approach the top end of their classification, they look forward to being a year older and moving up to the next group where they will be the new kid on the block again.

Dorothy, 85, loves the camaraderie of her gang (as she calls them). Joylyn, 69 hopes to keep going into her 80s and 90s. Sue, 69, says pole vaulting has helped her cope with cancer, twice. Noel, 74, loves the technical challenge of race walking.

For all of them, training and competing in masters athletics is about being part of a supportive community, achieving personal goals and living a purposeful life full of adventures and fun. In doing so, these women show an energy, joyful determination, and fulfilment in older age, that offers a powerful antidote to lazy stereotypes around ageing.

Released with short film Older: A portrait of photographer and activist, Alex Rotas.
Dir. Danielle Sellwood. 6m 32s.

Released in the UK from Friday 5th July 2024

  • Director: Danielle Sellwood, with Alex Rotas
  • Country: UK
  • Year: 2024
  • Duration: 57 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Production company: Find It Film
  • Cert: PG

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JULY

Derby – QUAD  |  From Friday 12th July

Glasgow – Glasgow Film Theatre  |  From Friday 12th July
(6.40pm show on Saturday 13th July introduced by Co-Director Alex Rotas)

Hebden Bridge – Hebden Bridge Picture House  |  From Friday 12th July

Plymouth – Plymouth Arts Cinema  |  From Friday 12th July

Aberystwyth – Arts Centre  |  From Friday 12th July

Sheffield – Showroom  |  From Friday 12th July CONTINUING

Hexham – Forum Cinema  |  Sunday 14th – Wednesday 17th July

Barnsley – Parkway Cinema  |  Sunday 14th – Wednesday 24th July

Whitley Bay – Jam Jar Cinema  |  Tuesday 16th July CONTINUING

Bristol – Watershed  |  From Tuesday 16th July
(Screening on Tuesday 16th July introduced by Co-Directors Danielle Sellwood and Alex Rotas)

Dundee – Dundee Contemporary Arts  |  Sunday 21st & Thursday 25th July

Gloucester – Gloucester Guildhall  |  Tuesday 23rd July

Leicester – Phoenix  |  From Monday 29th July

 

AUGUST

Falmouth – The Poly  |  Thursday 1st August

Hereford – Courtyard Cinema  |   Thursday 1st & Saturday 3rd August

Alnwick – Alnwick Playhouse  |  From Friday 2nd August

Newbury – Corn Exchange  |  From Friday 2nd August

Colchester – Firstsite  |  From Friday 2nd August

Dartington – Barn Cinema  |  From Friday 9th August

Chester – Storyhouse  |  Monday 12th August

Lancaster – The Dukes  |  Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th August

Bradford – National Science and Media Museum  |  From Wednesday 14th August

Birmingham – Midlands Arts Centre  |  Sunday 25th August

 

SEPTEMBER

Chichester – Cinema At New Park  |  Sunday 1st & Thursday 5th September

Swansea – Taliesin Arts Centre  |  Friday 6th September

Bishops Castle, Shropshire – SpArc Theatre  |  Tuesday 17th September

 

OCTOBER

Aberfeldy – Birks Cinema  |  Tuesday 1st October

Great Torrington – The Plough Arts Centre  |  Thursday 3rd October

Hastings – Electric Palace Cinema  |  Thursday 3rd October

Clevedon – Curzon Cinema and Arts  |  Saturday 19th October
(Q&A with Co-Directors Danielle Sellwood and Alex Rotas)

 

PAST SCREENINGS

Sheffield – Showroom  |  From Friday 5th July
Whitley Bay – Jam Jar Cinema  |  From Friday 5th July
Newlyn – Filmhouse  |  From Friday 5th July
Kendal – Brewery Arts Centre  |  From Friday 5th July
Richmond – The Station Cinema  |  From Friday 5th July
Henley – Regal Picturehouse  |  From Friday 5th July
Wimbledon – Curzon  |  From Friday 5th July
Bury St. Edmunds – Abbeygate Cinema  |  From Friday 5th July
Poole – Lighthouse  |  Friday 5th & Thursday 11th July
Ambleside – Zeffirellis  |  Monday 8th July
Woodhall Spa – Kinema In The Woods  |  Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th July
Nottingham – Savoy Cinemas  |  Thursday 11th & Thursday 18th July
Worksop – Savoy Cinemas  |  Wednesday 10th & Thursday 18th July
Boston – Savoy Cinemas  |  Wednesday 10th & Thursday 18th July
Corby – Savoy Cinemas  |  Wednesday 10th & Thursday 18th July
Grantham – Savoy Cinemas  |  Wednesday 10th & Thursday 18th July
Doncaster – Savoy Cinemas  |  Wednesday 10th & Thursday 18th July
Gorleston – Palace Cinema  |  Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th July
Great Yarmouth – Arc Cinemas  |  From Wednesday 10th July
Hucknall – Arc Cinemas  |  From Thursday 11th July
Beeston – Arc Cinemas  |  From Thursday 11th July
Daventry – Arc Cinemas  |  From Thursday 11th July
Peterhead – Arc Cinemas  |  Thursday 11th July

 

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“A quiet, powerful portrait of resilience and sheer grit.”

Avivah Wittenberg-Cox
Forbes

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