I was just flicking through the Polo videos on Vimeo and in the archive pages the film Manual, by Brendan of Blunt films and Dead Rappers (not forgetting of course London’s legendary team Bad Polo – 2 x London League winners), popped up.
The last time I watched this film was when it screened at the BFF 2009, so I just loaded it up to rewatch now over breakfast.
For those who haven’t seen Polo Manual, it’s kinda of a guide to Polo as well as a short documentary about London’s community during the period of 2008 – 09.
I hadn’t started playing Polo when Brendan put the film together, but I was hanging out with many of the people in it, due to the fixed gear scene at the time. In fact, I started playing a few weeks before that last scene in the film where a bunch of London players are jumping up and down in front of a sun set (taken on route back from the legendary 1st Rouen tourney).
Without sounding soft, this film gives me goose bumps. Not only because Brendan beautifully captures the personality of the community and the game during it’s early days of discovery, but it also reminds me how things have changed (progressed) and all the amazing places, faces, times and personal achievements Polo has given me over the last 3 or so years – it’s felt like quite an emotional journey on reflection.
So if you have 10mins, sit down and load up Polo Manual full screen, it’s well worth a watch.
Doing things you love is a powerful drug.