Despite being blocked at almost every turn in pursuit of the sport he loved, Seve Ballesteros fought against adversity to become the most spectacular and charismatic golfer to ever play the game.
‘SEVE’ combines dramatic recreations with electrifying archive footage to tell his incredible rags to riches story; from humble beginnings on the beaches of Spain - where aged six he taught himself the game with a broken 3 iron strapped to a stick - to becoming world number one and the greatest golfer of a generation.
The young Seve is played by José Luis Gutiérrez Real. Born in Santander, Spain, just 5km from Pedreña, where Seve Ballesteros was born, José never considered becoming an actor until he was offered the opportunity to play young Seve. His hero since childhood, José met Ballesteros when he was younger. Little did he know, four years later he would be playing his idol in a film.
Directed by John Paul Davidson (Stephen Fry in America, Brazil with Michael Palin) and edited by Saska Simpson (The Three Kings, Paranormal Witness) with original score by Academy Award winner Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love), ‘SEVE’ is produced by Stephen Evans (Much Ado About Nothing, BAFTA nominated The Madness of King George and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) with the full support of the Seve Ballesteros Foundation.
‘SEVE’ will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland by Entertainment Film Distributors on 27th June 2014. 20% of the production’s profits will be paid to the Seve Ballesteros Foundation’s nominated charity, Cancer Relief.
The Seve Ballesteros Foundation honours Seve’s life, achievements and professional career. It has a mission to preserve his legacy by supporting his passion, golf, and what it can do foryoung people.
Seve set up the Foundation in 2009, committing to contribute to the advancement of science for the benefit of those suffering from brain tumours.
It also aims to introduce children to golf and to use the game as a vehicle for social development, instilling the values associated with its founder: humility, effort, perseverance, spirit, determination, integrity, tolerance and respect.
Seve Ballesteros Foundation www.seveballesteros.com