A former rugby fan’s heartbreaking tale of growing up with a love of the sport has been told in a new documentary by The Sport Book.
The film, entitled ‘I Am the Man’ will be screened in cinemas across the UK and Ireland from Thursday.
The former rugby player has been living with a severe case of dementia for more than a decade and is struggling to comprehend the impact of his diagnosis.
The filmmaker, who has also made a number of documentaries including The Last Man on Earth and Life Is Beautiful, spoke to The Telegraph about the experience of watching the film.
“I have seen films about dementia and I thought I’d make a film about it,” he said.
“When I read the title of the film, I knew immediately that this was going to be about me.”
My mum and dad died at the same time, so I can’t tell you how much they meant to me.
“The film begins with an interview with the actor, who played the character, ‘The Last Man’, in the film ‘Life Is Beautiful’ and has written a memoir.
The actor spoke about the challenges of living with the disease and his struggles to cope.”
To me, it’s like the most frustrating thing in the world to watch people who have been there before you die,” he told The Telegraph.”
And you have to live with it for the rest of your life.
“It’s the ultimate feeling of helplessness, because if you don’t get well, you’re dead.”
That’s why the film is called I Am the MAN.
So many people have told me I am the Man.””
It’s really difficult to talk about it with people, but I’m trying to do my best to do it.”
So many people have told me I am the Man.
“The Last Men on Earth – A Life in Film”The Last Moman” was released in January last year and went on to gross more than £8.4 million at the box office.
Director Peter Patel said the film was a “remarkable story” about the actor’s life and the impact that his illness has had on his career.”
There’s a lot of stories about people going through the same thing that Peter went through and he’s a pretty amazing person,” he added.”
He’s just a wonderful actor, he’s just wonderful in every way, he does such a great job.
“You don’t know how much that can hurt you in the end, so it’s such a fascinating story.”
The documentary was directed by John McEwan and is part of the BBC One documentary series ‘The Big Picture’ on Thursday.
Patel is currently writing a book about his life, called ‘The End of the World: The Last Men’ and is currently working on another documentary, ‘Losing Our Way: A Journey Through the Loss of My Life’.