“Enlivening and deeply touching. Combining Greek history, music, and poetry the film extends beyond pure athleticism to culminate in a viewing experience that is both immersive and highly gratifying.”
The Road to Sparta has been fortunate to have had a whole heap of backers who have joined the project either as creative elements or financial backers. Sometimes as both. We have a whole lot to thank crowd-funding for because without it, this film would still be an idea on a French balcony (and quite possibly cited as the grounds for a divorce).
So a massive thank you to everyone who has helped out. We have tried to make sure that everyone who has chipped in is on this list. If you think we have missed you off then get in touch and we will make amends.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER – TOM HIOTIS
Tom came on board via another film, Swing Away, a romantic comedy set in Greece. A Greek New Yorker, Tom came to filmmaking from the world of advertising. Having been producer and head of production for a major multinational advertising agency, he then moved on to produce with some of the biggest production houses in Greece. After 26 years of producing award-winning commercials for both the Greek and international markets, he set his sights on new projects. He has since produced the documentary short Artistic Energy: The Bronx and is currently a producer on the holiday comedy feature film Holly Star, which will be released soon. Tom is also one of the producers of the hit Off-Broadway show Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER – JAMES PHILLIPSON
Jimmy got to know Barney in the hallowed halls of the James Joyce pub in Athens where they would disagree (usually) about the merits of his beloved Chelsea FC. James has long been a hellenophile and runs a company that imports Greek olives into the UK. He is also an enthusiastic runner, having completed several marathons, and long-time supporter of the Spartathlon. When he heard about the film he was on the phone that same morning to offer full support. This is James’ first foray into the movie world.
CORPORATE SPONSOR – AEGEAN AIRLINES
Set up in 1999, Aegean Airlines has quickly established itself as one of the leading airlines in the world, servicing flights in and out of Greece. In 2018, Aegean was voted the “Best Regional Airline in Europe for 2018” for the ninth time and eighth in a row at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.
James Adams * Annie Barker * Marita Batten
Kathy Davidson * Denise Davis * Natasha Giannousi-Varney
Wendy Hamilton * Don Holliday * Glenn Johnston
Patrick Jones * Valerie Jones * John Karaiossifoglou
Conor Loughran * Damian Mac Con Uladh * Nick Malkoutzis
Mike McGrath * Fiona McPolin * Fanny Nather
Dean Papademetriou * George Papadongonas * Nick Papageorge
George Pentafronimos * Barnaby Phillips * Denise Puech
Mark Rodden * Norah Ryan * Robert Sampimon
George Sell * Christian Smith * Ed Spender * Henry Spender
Elena Stephanopoulos * George Stephanopolous * Stephen St Clair Thompson
Lorna Thompson * Karen Webb * Anne Weichert * Francesca Wolf
THE ROAD TO SPARTA IS DEDICATED TO THE LOVING MEMORY OF OUR OLD FRIENDS GRAHAM PASLEY AND DESMOND KIRKPATRICK WHOSE RACES ENDED FAR TOO SOON