World Polio Day Event – 23 October

A unique opportunity to hear producer Jonathan Cavendish talk about how he brought to life in the acclaimed film “Breathe” the moving story of his own father’s spirited battle after being struck down by polio.

BBC presenter Samantha Simmonds will, on Tuesday 23 October, chair a Q&A with Jonathan, along with British Paralympic wheelchair racer, Anne Wafula Strike.

There will be a drinks reception from 6.30 pm and networking after the Q&A. The evening at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, 30 Portman Square, W1H 7BH will include film clips from Breathe and questions from the audience.

Tickets cost £5 (including VAT) and can be booked here.

Jonathan founded The Imaginarium production company in 2011 alongside actor/director Andy Serkis. The Imaginarium produced BREATHE directed by Andy Serkis and starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy. It also produced THE RITUAL, directed by David Bruckner and starring Rafe Spall. TV productions include FUNGUS THE BOGEYMAN for Sky and its most recent show DEATH and NIGHTINGALES, directed by Allan Cubitt, produced by Jonathan and starring Jamie Dornan and Matthew Rhys, which will be broadcast on BBC2 in November 2018. He has also produced Andy Serkis’ MOWGLI for Warner Brothers and Netflix, starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis and Benedict Cumberbatch which will be released by Netflix in 2019.

Anne Wafula Strike contracted polio at the age of two, resulting in a later diagnosis of below T7 paralysis. After having her son, she took up sport and became a Paralympian within three years and had a distinguished career in wheelchair racing, which saw her travel the world to compete against her peers. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to disability sport and charity.

The event is being held in association with Rotary International to mark World Polio Day on 24 October. It celebrates the 30th anniversary of the launch of Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative that has led to the almost eradication of polio across the world. There have been just 17 cases of wild poliovirus so far this year.

Richard Dymond

Honorary Treasurer and Director of the London Press Club and the London Press Club Ball.

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