White Rock (film)

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White Rock
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Film poster
Directed by Tony Maylam
Produced byMichael Samuelson
Written by Tony Maylam
Narrated by James Coburn
Music by Rick Wakeman
CinematographyArthur Wooster
Edited byGordon Swire
  • Worldmark-Samuelson International Productions
Distributed by Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein (US)
Release date
  • 29 January 1977 (1977-January-29)
Running time
76 mins
CountryUnited Kingdom

White Rock is a 1977 documentary film about the 1976 Winter Olympics held in Innsbruck, Austria. [1] [2] The film was narrated by James Coburn, [1] and directed by Tony Maylam. [3] [1] [2] The film was nominated in 1977 for the Robert Flaherty Award (Feature Length Film, Documentary In Content) by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. [4] A soundtrack album, White Rock was released by Rick Wakeman in 1977 and it entered the UK Albums Chart on 12 February 1977, where it spent 9 weeks and reached number 14. [5]


Production and release

Michael Samuelson was given the chance to make the 1976 Winter Olympics film, and he contacted Tony Maylam to direct and write the film. [6] However, they felt that only two films had "worked". Olympia by Leni Riefenstahl of the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin and the Kon Ichikawa film Tokyo Olympiad of the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo. [6] They decided that they did not want the film to be a documentary, but a feature film.

We came up with the concept of dealing with just six events - with each having its own theme and being representative of a particular sport. For example, among the Alpine sports, we've really gone all-out for the Men's Downhill - which is the glamorous, prestigious event rather than including the Ladies' Downhill, the Men's Slalom or the Men's Giant Slalom, events which the average viewer knows nothing about. We felt it would be better to choose a relative few of the representative sports of the Winter Olympics and do them really well, as opposed to spreading our coverage...With the James Coburn involvement we have given our audience a way to experience what it feels like to do these things.

Tony Maylam made two music movies White Rock and Genesis: In Concert , also known as the Genesis Concert Movie, which is a movie shot in concert at The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow and the New Bingley Hall, Stafford with the rock group Genesis. [1] They were screened together as a double bill. Rock promoters Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein purchased the films for the US market and distributed them as Sensasia. [7]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 "White Rock (1977)". IMDb . Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  2. 1 2 "Rick Wakeman – White Rock". Discogs . Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  3. "White Rock (1977)". British Film Institute . Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  4. "BAFTA Awards". British Academy of Film and Television Arts . Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  5. "White Rock". Official Charts Company . Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  6. 1 2 3 ""White Rock"-A Different Kind of Olympic Games Film". Cengage Learning . Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  7. "Weinstein Company Braintrust On How Tom Sherak's Mentorship Launched Miramax". Penske Media Corporation . Retrieved October 3, 2017.

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