THE ENERGY WITHIN is the truthful and inspiring story of a woman’s journey to find the strength to follow her dream of becoming a pro athlete.  Featuring World Champion and 3 time Paralympian Stefanie Reid in her debut film performance, THE ENERGY WITHIN will premiere online on 23 March, after the 2018 Winter Paralympics in South Korea

Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Samuel de Ceccatty and produced by Paul Jibson and Manon Ardisson (God’s Own Country, Le Soledad), THE ENERGY WITHIN is based on the real life experience of Paralympian Stefanie Reid.

Having recently recovered from an accident which cost her her leg, Julie Bennett (Stefanie Reid) is set on getting her old life back.  And for Julie, competitive running is life.  After finding the courage to approach George Hart (Daniel Adegboyega), a respected trainer, she asks to join his team of professional runners, lying to him and herself by hiding her disability. But how long can she keep up appearances, and at what cost?

Stefanie Reid’s childhood dream of becoming an elite athlete was shattered when she was involved in a boating accident during her teens resulting in her right foot being amputated.  Stefanie revived her dream at university when she joined the athletics team to see how fast she could still run.  Upon graduation, Stefanie decided to put her plans of medical school aside and focus on becoming an elite athlete.  Since then Stefanie has competed for Great Britain as a track and field Paralympian. She is a five-time world record holder, reigning world champion (London 2017 long jump), and triple Paralympic medallist in the long jump (2016, 2012) and 200m sprint (2008).  Stefanie was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List for her services to sport following a stellar 2017 both on and off the track.  Stefanie works as a speaker and broadcaster, and is involved in various roles that help to promote para-sport at the elite and community levels.  Stefanie has also been involved in various modelling campaigns.  She has featured in Vogue magazine, walked the London Fashion Week Catwalk in 2015, and been involved in campaigns for Debenhams and Bluebella.  She is passionate about challenging the way the world views disability.  Stefanie’s truthful and intimate portrayal of the lead character in THE ENERGY WITHIN is her first film role as an actor.

 The Energy Within will be released online on 23 March

By Michael Dickinson

Michael is the VultureHound Film Editor.