In Search of Greatness: Special New-Year Film Screening

  • 7 January 2021
  • 19:00 - 21:00
  • EF | Education First, Shanghai

Featuring original interviews with famous sporting-world figures Wayne Gretzky, Jerry Rice, and Pelé, In Search of Greatness explores the role of creativity in the careers of the world's greatest athletes, both historical and contemporary. The movie also features interviews with authors and creativity experts Ken Robinson and David Epstein.


In Search of Greatness is a documentary film directed by Gabe Polsky, featuring some well-known sports personalities including Serena Williams, Tom Brady, Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano, Red Auerbach, and Michael Jordan. A number of major cultural figures' careers are also highlighted for comparison to those of top athletes, including The Beatles, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix. The film was nominated for Best Documentary Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America.

In an interview discussing what inspired the film, Polsky said:

"Every boy and girl has their own variables, their own creative abilities. And I think everyone needs to find their own creative abilities because that's what separates you from everybody else. That's your competitive advantage...Kids who have potential are often put to the side, and we leave a lot on the table."

Film screening will be followed by a short discussion.


18:30-19:00 Registrations
19:00-19:15 Event introduction
19:15-20:30 Film screening (77-minutes)
20:30-21:15 Post-film discussions

To register for the film scan the QR code below or visit this link (on mobile).

Event Details

7 Jan 2021 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EF | Education First, 258 Tongren Road, Near Yuyuan Road, Shanghai
Jingan Temple, Line 2, Exit 6