Undeniably Young: Nora Young & the Six-Day Race

SYNOPSIS:

Let us take you back to the 1930s Jazz age when – for the first time ever – female athletes were suddenly everywhere, drawing massive crowds and dominating newspaper headlines. Nineteen-year-old Nora Young is a multi-sport champion, brimming with trophies, talent and an indomitable zest for life.

Breaking into the spectacularly “weird and wonderful” world of men’s Six-Day bike racing as part of a women’s demonstration event, she seizes a rare opportunity to become one of few female cyclists to compete on a steeply banked velodrome track. But will she survive the “spills and thrills” of this gruelling event and ultimately triumph against her arch-rival on “the old speed saucer”?

Combining animation, archival materials, and footage of a spirited Young (age 95) looking back and telling her own story, Undeniably Young is a fast-paced, fun and feminist short film that finally gives a groundbreaking, nearly forgotten Canadian athletic hero her rightful place in history.

Thank You:

National Film Board, Filmmakers Assistance Program; Toronto Arts Council; Ontario Arts Council; Canada Council for the Arts; our generous 300+ Indiegogo donors; RBC Yorkton Film Festival Mentorship Program; DOC Institute Breakthrough Program

Release:

2021