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Wrestling School

Vancouver-based Make Believe Media is in the lucky position of capitalizing on the popularity of the Oscar-nominated feature The Wrestler with its new docusoap This Wrestling Life. Lynn Booth, president of Make Believe Media and co-producer of the project, touts it as a 'fun, feel-good doc about a group of people who have it rough.'
March 2, 2009

Vancouver-based Make Believe Media is in the lucky position of capitalizing on the popularity of Oscar-nominated feature The Wrestler with its new docusoap This Wrestling Life. Lynn Booth, president of Make Believe Media and co-producer of the project, touts it as a ‘fun, feel-good doc about a group of people who have it rough.’

The docusoap is set in Surrey, British Columbia, where it’s not an easy place to grow up. A group of young people have enrolled in a wrestling training school called the Slam Academy, which, according to Booth, is basically a wrestling ring in the middle of a warehouse. Scotty Mac, a well-known wrestler in Western Canada, is the lead character; as a teacher at the Academy, his lessons include developing wrestling personas, training five days a week, and creating costumes. Five students are followed over the course of a year, sharing their dreams of entertaining and making it into the ring. Booth says the docusoap also deals with topics of bigotry and chauvinism in a humanistic environment.

‘The most exciting young person in the Academy is Travis, who is just turning 18 and graduating high school, ‘ she says. ‘His big struggle is giving up his job at A&W and committing to this wrestling life.’

The docusoap is directed by first-time helmer Stephen Gillis and is available in a 6 x 30-minute series or 1 x 90-minute feature, currently in post production and to be delivered in the fall. The feature has been pre-sold to Superchannel in Canada and both the feature and series of This Wrestling Life are going to MIPTV in April.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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