“Taking Liberty 1983" is a planned feature documentary about the personalities involved in the 1983 America’s Cup in Newport, Rhode Island between Australia II and Liberty.
For 132 years the United States of America held the title in the most prestigious of all sailing competitions - the America’s Cup. It stands as the longest running sporting record ever.
In September 1983 all that was to change. A motley crew of Australian sailors backed by the larger than life tycoon Alan Bond, challenged for the America’s Cup in the controversial boat Australia II. They achieved the impossible and beat the American boat Liberty.
It sparked wild and unprecedented celebrations across Australia and became one of that nation’s greatest sporting moments.
For the America’s Cup it was a game changer generating a burst of international interest - the result of which can still be seen today.
Now, for the very first time, Taking Liberty – 1983 will tell the definitive story of this David and Goliath battle on the big screen.
If this sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because these are the real life events that inspired the movie Wind, staring Matthew Modine and Jennifer Grey.