In the Hands of the Gods

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In the Hands of the Gods
Directed by Ben Turner
Gaber Turner
Produced by Fulwell 73
Leo Pearlman
Ben Winston
Cinematography Matthew Beecroft
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release date
  • 14 September 2007 (2007-09-14)
Running time
106 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

In the Hands of the Gods is a 2007 documentary film. The film follows five English freestyle footballers as they try to raise money by showcasing their skills, in order to fund a trip to Buenos Aires to meet their idol Diego Maradona. Their names are Sami Hall, Danny Robinson, Paul Wood, Jeremy Lynch and Mikey Fisher. They have no money for food, travel or accommodation. Two of them were actually living on the streets prior to starting their mission. Their journey takes them through North, Central and South America and tests them both physically and mentally. It is a journey that takes them far from their homes on a trip that will change their lives forever. The title is a reference to Maradona's famous Hand of God goal.[1]

The film was made by Fulwell 73, a UK-based production company, founded and run by Leo Pearlman, Gabe Turner, Ben Turner and Ben Winston. The film was directed by the Turner brothers and produced by Leo Pearlman and Ben Winston. Lionsgate distributed the film in the UK and it was released on the opening weekend in over 60 screens, making it the widest released documentary ever in the UK. In 2008 Jeremy Lynch reached the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent (series 2). In 2009 Mikey Fisher starred in the reality T.V series "Celebrities on Buses", a television programme in which celebrities have to live on a double decker bus, some for as long as 7 months. He said "The experience was liberating and educational but at the same time fun in every sense of the word"!'


This movie follows five British freestylers from distinct backgrounds who try to track down Maradona. They do that by making money performing freestyle tricks on the street and earning money. Eventually, they track down Maradona.



The film received critical acclaim across the board, achieving 4 and 5 stars from the BBC,[2] Total Film,[3] The Guardian,[4] Film 4[5] and many more.[6]


  1. ^ "In the Hands of the Gods interview". BBC. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  2. ^ "In the Hands of the Gods". BBC. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  3. ^ "In the Hands of the Gods". Total Film. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  4. ^ Pulver, Andrew (2007-09-14). "In the Hands of the Gods". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  5. ^ "In the Hands of the Gods". Film 4. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  6. ^ Gritten, David (2007-09-14). "Film reviews: Disturbia, In the Hands of the Gods, December Boys, Shoot 'Em Up and more". Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 

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