Among the international cricketers circulating now, none is more inspiring than Ben Stokes. The current captain of the England men’s testing team has done and seen it all — ups and downs in the cricket arena. He was one of the heroes of England’s thrilling 2019 World Cup triumph, and was painted as the villain when Carlos Brathwaite hit him four straight six in the final to help the West Indies team win the 2016 T20 World Cup. Amidst it all, Stokes also managed an act from Houdini at Headlingley in 2019 to secure an unlikely win from a wicket in a meeting with Ashes.
Outside of the cricket arenas, Stokes also had to face hard times due to some mental issues. He also had to travel to New Zealand (his birthplace) to see his terminally ill father. Stokes was also involved in an incident in Bristol in 2017 for which he was arrested and released.
As you can see, Stokes’ life and career are full of drama and twists. It’s something that lends itself easily to a documentary. And a new one will start streaming from August 26 on Amazon Prime Video.
What to expect from the documentary?
The documentary, called Ben Stokes: Phoenix From The Ashes, is directed by the Academy’s award-winning director. Directed by Chris Grubb and Luke Mellows, the series examines Stokes’ World Cup victory, his heroism in the Headingley hitter, and the most challenging moments in his personal and professional life. Stokes explores this onscreen journey with cricket fanatic Mendes, who also produces the film.
It also features intimate interviews with Stoke’s late father, mother, wife and children, along with friends, family and former teammates and opponents including: Joe Root, Jofra Archer, Neil Fairbrother and the late Shane Warne. The never-before-seen series from the police body camera that night in Bristol. It shows Stokes asking for his handcuffs to be loosened. He also talks about that night for the first time. The charismatic all-rounder also opens up about the anxiety attacks that plagued him over the past year, prompting him to take an indefinite break from cricket.
Stokes hopes to bring his point of view to people through this documentary. “One thing I want to try to do with this is to give people a side that is very difficult to do in the image that we put on TV. Certain aspects of the media you have to do a certain way, to look a certain way, to please a certain amount of people, while for that I don’t feel like I’m having to,” Stokes previously said.
“I still think it’s crazy to sit here that there’s a documentary being made about me. And on top of that, Sam comes in and does the interviews. The whole thing is a crazy experience yet for me to think about,” he added.
Prime members will be able to watch the documentary anywhere and anytime on the Prime Video app for smart TVs, mobile devices, Fire TV, Fire TV stick, Fire tablets, Apple TV, etc. In the Prime Video app, Prime members can download episodes to their mobile and tablet devices and watch anywhere offline at no additional cost.
Prime Video is available in India at no extra cost with Prime membership, new customers can find out more at www.amazon.in/prime.