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04th Nov 2023

Hugely emotional first trailer released for documentary about Harry Potter stuntman

Stephen Porzio

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The documentary is executive produced by and features Daniel Radcliffe.

The first trailer has been released for David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived, a new documentary about Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double on the Harry Potter films – David Holmes.

Described as a coming-of-age film, it will recount how Holmes was chosen for the role when he was just a teenage gymnast and how he worked on the franchise for several movies before an accident on the set of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 left him paralysed.

The plot synopsis for The Boy Who Lived reads:

“The film is a coming-of-age story of stuntman David Holmes, a prodigious teenage gymnast from Essex, England, who is selected to play Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double in the first Harry Potter film, when Daniel is just eleven.

“Over the next ten years, the two form an inextricable bond, but on the penultimate film a tragic accident on set leaves David paralysed with a debilitating spinal injury, turning his world upside down.

“As Daniel and his closest stunt colleagues rally to support David and his family in their moment of need, it is David’s extraordinary spirit of resilience that becomes their greatest source of strength and inspiration.”

The documentary is said to feature “candid personal footage shot over the last decade, behind-the-scenes material from Holmes’ stunt work, scenes of his current life and intimate interviews with David, Daniel Radcliffe, friends, family and former crew.”

Executive produced by Radcliffe himself, David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived will be available on demand on Sky Documentaries and on the streaming service NOW from 18 November.

You can check out the powerful first trailer for the documentary right here:

David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived trailer

Earlier in the week, JOE wrote about the trailer for the upcoming Ryan Gosling action movie The Fall Guy in a separate article.

For more of the past week’s big teasers, meanwhile, scroll below.

The Boy and the Heron

Starting with movies, this new fantasy anime from legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (Ponyo, Spirited Away) will swoop into Irish cinemas on 26 December.

Family Switch

This Freaky Friday-style body swap Netflix comedy starring Ed Helms and Jennifer Garner lands on the streamer on 30 November.


Richard Curtis, the writer of Love Actually, returns with another Christmas movie – this time about a down-on-his-luck man (Paapa Essiedu) who accidentally conjures a genie (Mellisa McCarthy).

Genie will arrive on Sky Cinema from 1 December.

Godzilla Minus One

This new Godzilla movie from Japan will be roar into Irish cinemas on 15 December.

Good Burger 2

This long awaited sequel to the cult classic comedy Good Burger will premiere in Ireland on 23 November on Paramount+.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

This new installment in the Planet of the Apes reboot franchise will swing into Irish cinemas on 24 May 2024.


Conflicted about his girlfriend’s pregnancy, a struggling New York Uber driver (Jesse Eisenberg) spirals out of control when he meets a mysterious family of men.

Co-starring Adrien Brody and Odessa Young, Manodrome does not have an Irish release date but will be out in the US on 10 November.

The Sweet East

Another movie without an Irish release date, this directorial debut of Sean Price Williams (who worked as a cinematographer on the acclaimed films Good Time and Her Smell) revolves around a high school senior (Talia Ryder) who becomes separated from her class on a trip and is taken through the cities and woods of the US.

Also featuring amongst its cast Ayo Edebiri (The Bear), Jacob Elordi (Euphoria) and Simon Rex (Red Rocket), The Sweet East will be out in the States on 1 December.


Moving onto TV, this upcoming MCU show is a spin-off from Hawkeye, this time following the character of Maya Lopez aka Echo (Alaqua Cox).

Looking more adult-oriented and violent than most of Disney+’s Marvel shows to date, all episodes of Echo will drop on the streamer on 10 January.

Northern Lights

Set in Dublin, this drama series tells the story of two grieving strangers, Lloyd (Stephen Jones) and Áine (Elva Trill), whose worlds collide when Lloyd notices Áine standing on Grattan Bridge in the city centre.

Northern Lights will premiere on on TG4 on 14 November.


Last but not least, this adaptation of the 1975 novel of the same name – which was previously made into an acclaimed ’80s series – follows John Blackthorne (Cosmo Jarvis), a sailor in the 17th century who rises from outsider to samurai.

This is while being used as a pawn by Japanese leader Toranaga (Hiroyuki Sanada) as he struggles to reach the top of the ruling chain.

Shōgun will premiere in Ireland on Disney+ in February 2024.

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