Female, Fifty and Fighting: Bam Bam – Feature Documentary Screening (Free)

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Female, Fifty and Fighting: Bam Bam – Feature Documentary Screening (Free)

August 2, 2022
Alex Shipman

Female, Fifty and Fighting: Bam Bam is a independent feature documentary, the screening will also include a short documentary by a young filmmaker from the Norfolk area.


The documentary follows the career of Sandra Shipman, an unlicensed boxer and mother from London. We see Sandra preparing to go and fight in The World Boxing Championship, known as the American Masters. After passing all the physical tests the Amatuer Boxing Association still denied her a license with no grounds as to why. After years of doing unlicensed fights, Sandra decides to take on one last one, to prove to her doubters she is still a contender. 

We follow Sandra’s journey through training for her fight and spending days in the gym. Through the parallels of the ups and downs of the training process we see the ups and downs of how her career started. After becoming a mother, Sandra wanted to find away to lose weight, so started kick boxing classes, she soon found a love for contact sports but it was only when she started boxing did it feel like a it could be a career. Her husband Mark was an instrumental part in her pursing her dreams, both working as a team to find avenues for her to fight. After a rocky few years of rigged or cancelled fights, she met her current trainers Mikey and Sam Cantewell, both professional belt holders in the boxing world. They introduced her to the world of White Collar boxing, a higher standard of unlicensed boxing. The road to her final fight was no plain sailing, encountering all the common problems she has had throughout her career, opponents, weight loss and the
nerves of stepping into the ring. Sandra, poised and ready to step into the ring for the last time, gives the performance of a lifetime, proving she is female, fifty and fighting. 

Director Alex Shipman was 19 when she started making this film, the crew was made up of young filmmakers and alumni from the BFI Film Academy, it took around 4 years to make. 

“The journey of making this film about my mother has been such a learning curve and an amazing experience, I hope people watch the film and are inspired by my mother’s story and the audience come away inspired to do something they have always wanted to do!” -Alex Shipman

Suitable for ages 16+
EVENT RUNTIME: 90 minutes (approx.). 
COST: FREE. Booking required 
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Female, Fifty and Fighting: Bam Bam – Feature Documentary Screening (Free)

August 2, 2022
Alex Shipman
Female, Fifty and Fighting: Bam Bam is a independent feature documentary, the screening will also include a short documentary by a young filmmaker from the Norfolk area. The documentary follows the career of Sandra Shipman, an unlicensed boxer and mother from London. We see Sandra preparing to go and fight in The World Boxing Championship, known as the American Masters. After passing all the physical tests the Amatuer Boxing Association still denied her a license with no grounds as to why. After years of doing unlicensed fights, Sandra decides to take on one last one, to prove to her doubters she is still a contender.  We follow Sandra’s journey through training for her fight and spending days in the gym. Through the parallels of the ups and downs of the training process we see the ups and downs of how her career started. After becoming a mother, Sandra wanted to find away to lose weight, so started kick boxing classes, she soon found a love for contact sports but it was only when she started boxing did it feel like a it could be a career. Her husband Mark was an instrumental part in her pursing her dreams, both working as a team to find avenues for her to fight. After a rocky few years of rigged or cancelled fights, she met her current trainers Mikey and Sam Cantewell, both professional belt holders in the boxing world. They introduced her to the world of White Collar boxing, a higher standard of unlicensed boxing. The road to her final fight was no plain sailing, encountering all the common problems she has had throughout her career, opponents, weight loss and the nerves of stepping into the ring. Sandra, poised and ready to step into the ring for the last time, gives the performance of a lifetime, proving she is female, fifty and fighting.  Director Alex Shipman was 19 when she started making this film, the crew was made up of young filmmakers and alumni from the BFI Film Academy, it took around 4 years to make.  “The journey of making this film about my mother has been such a learning curve and an amazing experience, I hope people watch the film and are inspired by my mother’s story and the audience come away inspired to do something they have always wanted to do!” -Alex Shipman Suitable for ages 16+ EVENT RUNTIME: 90 minutes (approx.).  COST: FREE. Booking required 

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