Next Goal Wins
An inspirational story about the power of hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, and an object lesson in what it really means to be a winner in life.
- Mike Brett
- Steve Jamison
- Kristian Brodie
- Full-Length Film
- Subject Matter
- Sports, Community Portrait
- Featured In
- 60 Minutes
In 2001, the tiny Pacific Island of American Samoa suffered a world record 31-0 defeat at the hands of Australia, garnering headlines across the world as the worst football team on the planet.
With the team about to embark on a grueling World Cup Qualification campaign, coach Thomas Rongen has just one month to transform this ragtag of losers into a winning team – and perhaps learn a little about himself along the way.
Next Goal Wins is an inspirational story about the power of hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, and an object lesson in what it really means to be a winner in life.
Mike Brett & Steve Jamison - Directors/Producers
A directing/producing team, recently named as BAFTA Breakthrough Brits, and joint-founders of Archer’s Mark Ltd, which made the 2016 CE50, Creative England’s honour list of the top 50 creative companies.
In 2014, after five years producing commercial content for some of the world’s biggest brands (Nike, Nokia, YouTube), Archer’s Mark released their debut feature film Next Goal Wins. The movie premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, was released theatrically in a number of territories worldwide and won Best Documentary at the 2014 British Independent Film Awards.
The company’s second feature, War Book (Dir. Tom Harper, Wri. Jack Thorne), a political drama featuring Sophie Okenedo and Ben Chaplin, opened the 2015 Rotterdam International Film Festival and was released theatrically in August 2015. Notes on Blindess (Dir. Peter Middleton and James Spinney), a $1.2m hybrid documentary based on the Emmy award winning short film of the same name, is the company’s third feature and was released in July 2016 to huge critical acclaim. It has been nominated for three BAFTAs, won the Special Jury Prize at San Francisco International Film Festival, the Wellcome Trust Award for Storytelling & Innovation at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016, and Best Documentary at the 2016 British Independent Film Awards.
Kristian Brodie - Producer
Until December 2014, Kristian was Head of Development at Agile Films, overseeing the company’s feature film division and managing their slate of development projects in film and TV. While at Agile he produced the company’s debut feature film, Next Goal Wins, which debuted at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival before an international theatrical release. It went on to win the BIFA for Best Documentary.
In January 2015, Kristian left Agile to set up the production company Veryfyne as a vehicle for his ongoing production and development work. His next project will be Beast, the debut feature of two-time BAFTA nominated writer-director Michael Pearce, which is funded by the BFI and Film4 and which will shoot in July 2016.
Further down the line, Kristian is producing the Comedy Drama The Extra Mile, set during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. The project is a co-production with BroedMachine and is in development with BBC Films, with Screen International ‘Star of Tomorrow’ Simon Stephenson attached to write the script.