Bathurst Phantoms-inspired movie wins Emmy
Film tells how high school team overcame tragedy to win championship
A movie inspired by the New Brunswick Phantoms basketball team that overcame tragedy to win a provincial championship has won an Emmy.
The Phantoms, made by Halifax-based Dream Street Pictures, won best TV Movie/Mini-series Monday at the International Emmy Kids Awards.
It’s a dramatized telling of how the Bathurst High School basketball team won the 2009 championship season and helped heal a grieving city.
The northern New Brunswick community was hit by tragedy on Jan. 12, 2008, when a van carrying the Bathurst High School basketball team home from a game in Moncton collided with a transport truck.
Seven players and the coach’s wife were killed in the accident.
Inspired by real events
Rick LeGuerrier, a producer of the movie, said some of the movie characters are composites of several real people.
"What we set out to do is capture the heart of what happened in Bathurst, the love in that community, the sense of community that allowed these players to go forward do what they did and in so doing help the community heal from such an awful thing," he said at the time.
The movie aired on CBC.
"We all know what a great challenge and responsibility it is to produce for children," said Emmy president Bruce Paisner at the New York awards.
"Tonight's winning programs demonstrate the high standard of quality programming we expect for kids television, and we are proud to recognize them with the Emmy."