Channel 4 is to air a documentary by Steve Humphries, 9/11: The Lost Hero, which will air on Channel 4 this September close to the 12th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
When the twin towers collapsed almost everyone underneath them was killed. But two men were trapped, buried alive, 30 feet deep, under the rubble pile. As fires raged around them, the official rescue effort had been suspended, and they thought they were going to die. Until they heard a voice shouting “US Marine Corps – can anybody hear me.” This man then climbed down and saved them. Incredibly he then disappeared without a trace. His identity remained a mystery…
Directed by British filmmaker Steve Humphries, for the first time 9/11: The Lost Hero reveals the full and extraordinary true story of modest hero, Jason Thomas: a law student and former member of the US Marine Corps who after witnessing the attack on the first tower, put on his old uniform and drove 30 miles to Ground Zero to save lives. Not wanting any notoriety – or his wife finding out that he had risked his life – Jason vanished from the scene quickly after his heroic mission. It was only years later when he was watching TV when he saw a trailer for a Hollywood movie called World Trade Centre, did he realise his story had not gone unnoticed. Except for one crucial detail…the actor playing him was white – and Jason is black.
Intersecting remarkable unseen footage of Jason running towards the scene with the personal testimonies of those he saved, Steve Humphries’ latest documentary provides a new and in-depth insight in to one of 9/11’s most extraordinary rescues and the man that made it possible.
Ahead of the transmission of The Lost Hero on Channel 4, More 4 will also host a two-night tribute to commemorate Humphries’ award-winning catalogue of films documenting the powerful and unique human stories of 9/11. Since 2001, Steve – who is also Managing Director of Testimony Films in Bristol – has captured the stories of 9/11 more than anyone else – making a dozen films on the subject. Broadcast across two consecutive nights, the tribute will feature six films – individually introduced by Humphries – that have previously aired on Channel 4.
It’s rather incredible that one filmmaker in Bristol has made more documentaries about 9/11 than America has. Actually Steve isn’t obsessed with 9/11 – his passion is for interviews and the testimony one gets from those who have lived through extraordinarily intense things.
His interviews and films are so sensitive and so powerful that other people involved in 9/11 approach him to tell their stories. The resulting films he has made are the most moving I have ever worked on. The narratives are often more unlikely and the characters more heroic than those dreamt of in Hollywood movies. Over two nights on More4 we are showing the very best of his work. – David Glover, Senior Commissioning Editor of Specialist Factual, Channel 4
The More 4 programming includes, 9/11 Hotel the story of the people in the the Marriott World Trade Center Hotel on the day of the attack, 9/11: The Firemen’s Story The dramatic tales of individual firemen on September 11 2001: those who died, those who survived and those who still bear the scars, 9/11: Ground Zero Underworld presents the untold stories of those who searched tirelessly for their loved ones, sifting through tonnes of debris in an attempt to bring them home to rest.
9/11: The Miracle of Stairway B the most incredible story of 9/11; how 12 fire-fighters, a police officer and an office worker survived inside the North Tower of the World Trade Center as it collapsed on top of them, 9/11: The Miracle Survivor look at the great escape from the inferno by Pasquale Buzzelli who rode a blizzard of falling debris from a 22nd-floor World Trade Center stairwell and lived, miraculously, to tell his story and The Man Who Predicted 9/11 Rick Rescorla died in the World Trade Center trying to save his colleagues. He’d been preparing to avert this kind of disaster for ten years, because Rick was the man who predicted 9/11.