John Dower would probably never have had a film career if the horse Bobbyjo hadn’t won Liverpool’s famed Grand National steeplechase ten years ago. Out of the winnings, Dower was able to buy himself a digital camera, which he used to shoot his debut When Will I Be Famous? (2000). The young documentary filmmaker then shot a series of renowned movies for Channel 4, including Porn in the UK, John’s Gone to Iceland, and the cult hit Sneaker Freaks. In 2003 he made his first feature-length documentary, Live Forever, about the rise and fall of Britpop, working with renowned producer John Battsek. Another film, Once in a Lifetime, concerns the once-celebrated New York Cosmos soccer team.
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