New film will tell the story of cricket’s first global superstar

Nearly 25 years on from Brian Lara’s world record innings for Warwickshire at Edgbaston, a new film entitled ‘501 Not Out’ will tell the story of cricket’s first global superstar.

Supported by Warwickshire County Cricket Club the feature documentary is being directed by local award-nominated film-maker and lifelong cricket fan Sam Lockyer – a Bears member who also plays the recreational game for Old Moseley Arms CC.

The film will be released in cinemas next summer to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the innings and Warwickshire’s historic treble win in what will be a monumental summer, including the ICC Cricket World Cup and Specsavers Ashes Test match.

‘501 Not Out’ will feature the stories of Bears fans who ‘were there on the day’ – capturing their memories and exploring the impact that Lara’s world record had on them. It will track down Lara’s Warwickshire team-mates from ’the 1994 season and tell the story of how he came to the club soon after breaking Sir Garfield Sobers’ Test record.

Lara’s impact on and off the pitch and his legacy for the world of cricket will also be explored.

The trailer – which features Ian Bell, Graeme ‘Pop’ Welch and Sir Curtly Ambrose together with some fantastic archive footage – has recently been unveiled on the club’s social media channels alongside a crowd-funding campaign to raise finance for the production.