“True Blue” and Supper at Leander Club

Donald Macdonald on an outing in 2012.

13 March 2017

This is a reminder that the feature film True Blue (1996), which is based on the book True Blue: The Oxford Boat Race Mutiny by Daniel Topolski and Patrick Robinson, will be shown on Wednesday 22 March at Leander Club in Henley-on-Thames. The event starts with a two-course supper at 6:30 for 7 p.m., which will be followed by the film. Running time for the film is 1 hour, 50 minutes.

The viewing of True Blue marks the 30th anniversary of the 1987 Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race.

In the winter of 1986/87, a group of American students went up to Oxford intent on putting some steel into a boat race crew reeling from a humiliating defeat at the hands of Cambridge. But, what began as a disagreement over training methods between the elected President, Donald Macdonald, and Christopher Clark, a hot-tempered oarsman from California, was to escalate into a bitter confrontation that made headline news worldwide. Failing in their bid to oust Macdonald, the rebels pulled out only six weeks before the race, leaving coach Daniel Topolski to transform a demoralised and inexperienced reserve crew into a winning team: an extraordinary episode in sporting history.

Specially invited to this evening is Donald Macdonald, who will provide special insights from being in the very centre of the events and, hopefully, also give aspects of events that do not appear in the book or the film. 

Cost: £15 per person, payable in advance 

To book: Contact the Leander Club office on 01491 575782 or email events@leander.co.uk

At these film and supper events at Leander, priority is given to club members, but the organisers are happy to welcome members of other clubs if space permits. But hurry up there are only a few seats left.

Here is a film trailer for True Blue:

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