Honouring Sir Henry Cecil

A short film about flat racing’s most iconic trainer.

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We are thrilled to present the first of our new ‘Honour’ series of short documentaries, launching with a tribute to the legendary flat trainer Sir Henry Cecil.

Sir Henry’s life is an incredible story of daring and strength of will. His ability to overcome the tragedy of his twin brother’s death, and then battle his own cancer, is a truly formidable tale of courage.

This film honours not only his fighting spirit, aided by his wife Jane, but also his great partnership with the mighty Frankel.

The film has been developed using footage supplied from the Sky TV archive and the script was created by Tony Rushmer, author of The Triumph of Henry Cecil – the Authorised Biography.

This project raises money for Sir Henry’s favourite charity, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (donate here), who will feature in the documentary. It was directed by Sion Sylvester and voiced by BAFTA and Olivier award-winning actor Toby Jones.

You can read more about the life of the legendary trainer in The Story of Sir Henry Cecil on the Fitzdares Times Online.

Special thanks to Lady Jane Cecil and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, without whom this project could not have happened.

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Tony Rushmer, Script

Experienced journalist, friend of the Cecil family and author of The Triumph of Henry Cecil: The Authorised Biography.

Sion Sylvester, Director

Creative Photographer, Editor and Cinematographer, with work exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery and the Museum of London.

Tom Chichester-Clark, Composer

Producer and composer at Elsham Music, with credits on Kingdom of Heaven and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

Rory Fairfax, Producer

Head of Content at Fitzdares, with advertising creative featured in The Week, The Spectator and The Daily Telegraph.

Toby Jones, Voice actor

BAFTA and Olivier award-winning actor, best-known for his roles in the Harry Potter film series and The Detectorists.

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