Breaking Boundaries: Ireland's Extraordinary Cricket World Cup
Paul Davey
Paul Davey

Format: Widescreen
Region: All Regions
Classification: Exempt
Studio: Zanzibar Films
ASIN: B004QI7KFA

Take a farmer, a delivery driver, a civil servant, a teacher, a postman and send them into battle against the greatest cricketing nations of the world. Have them questioned by Police in a murder investigation, the discover peace has been brokered in their native Ireland.

This is the extraordinary adventure that befell these plucky Irish underdogs as they created World Cup cricket history. Through exclusive behind the scenes footage and interviews, this film captures the drama of their shock St Patrick's Day victory over giants Pakistan, victory over Bangladesh and the mysterious death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer.

Cheered on by their "Blarney Army" supporters it encapsulates heroic themes of the outsider, national unity and criminal intrigue. This is "an immense cricket story, inspirational both in the tale and the manner of it's telling." - SPIN Magazine Extra

Review by Ian Callender, 9 March 2008

As the Ireland players embark on their 2008 cricketing year, the final postscript to last year's World Cup finals is in the shops.

We have had the books, now see the video. For all seven weeks of Ireland's great adventure, Irishman Paul Davey (right), a documentary maker, followed the team with camera in hand and the result is a wonderful dvd capturing the unforgettable experience of a squad who went to their first World Cup expected to play three matches and return home but stayed to beat two Test nations and tie with another.

As well as the key match highlights, there is, thanks to physio Iain Knox, exclusive footage from inside the dressing room and on-the-spot interviews with many of the players and key officials.

The win against Pakistan and the Super Eight victory against Bangladesh may have been the highlights but the amazing events surrounding the death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer, who was staying in the Ireland team hotel, is extensively covered while the reaction of the Irish fans is not forgotten.

For anyone who was part of the Caribbean experience, it is a 'must view' and the, hopefully, not once-in-a lifetime experience will be enjoyed by even non-cricket fans.