The Bob Willis Fund: Screening of From the Ashes

12A

for Membership benefits.

Info

  • Starring: Ian Botham, Dickie Bird, Rodney Marsh, Kim Hughes & Bob Willis
  • Director: James Erskine
  • Running Time: 98 minutes
  • Certificate: 12A - Contains single uses of mouthed strong language and moderate language
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Documentary, Sport
  • Country: UK

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the legendary Headingley Ashes Test Match, The Bob Willis Fund and Olympic Studios invite you to an exclusive screening of 'From The Ashes'.


The film will be followed by an intimate Q&A with cricketing superstars Sir Ian Botham, David Gower, Graham Gooch and Paul Allott and hosted by TMS broadcaster, and local resident, Eleanor Oldroyd. After the screening and Q&A guests are invited to into The Members’ Club for a drinks reception and canapés with specially selected Botham Wines and tasting notes from Sir Ian himself.* 
Former England cricketer, broadcaster and accomplished musician Mark Butcher will sing Bob Dylan songs in honour of Bob Willis’s love for his musical idol.

There will also be a Bob Willis Fund goodie bag for all attendees and access to an exclusive auction.

Bob was a Founder Member of the Olympic and died in 2019. Money from the event will go to The Bob Willis Fund to support better diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.

Limited number of tickets remaining at £180 each.

*Under 18s are welcome to attend the screening and Q&A but please note, the after party in The Members Club is over 18s.


From The Ashes is an uplifting and remarkable tale of a summer that changed English sport forever. In July 1981, rioting and discontent ruled the streets of England. On the playing fields, England was 1-0 down after two tests against old enemy, Australia, and iconic all-rounder Ian Botham, had resigned as English captain, hours before being pushed. Watching on was opposing Captain, Kim Hughes, the Golden Boy of Australian sport. Brilliant and eloquent, he seemed to be a master of the universe. With English cricket on the brink, bookmakers offered odds of 500-1 against an English win in the 3rd test. Yet, Botham would not lie down and rediscovered his cavalier flair in a series of remarkable, match-winning performances that defined him and saw The Ashes returned home. Packed with match action and interviews with the chief protagonists - including Botham, Gower, Willis, Marsh, Hughes and more - From The Ashes is set over one tempestuous month and tells the story of one of the most remarkable sporting turnarounds in history from the perspective of two men who would be king.

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