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This Sporting Life

"Chess and me - it's hard to take them apart." - Bobby Fischer. ... A Grandmaster by the age of 16, Bobby Fischer was to many the greatest chess player who ever lived. A prodigal superstar to adoring fans, and an enigmatic presence whose madness overtook his genius, his trajectory saw him reduced ... Read more
Iconic documentarian Frederick Wiseman (La Danse, MIFF 2010; Titicut Follies) returns with a fascinating look at the tight-knit world of a suburban boxing gym. ... Battered equipment is held together with tape; posters peel from the walls. Muscled, youthful wannabes spar alongside doughy ... Read more
"By turns pulse-quickening and contemplative, The Crash Reel is a thoroughly winning portrait of former pro snowboarder Kevin Pearce." – Variety ... Two-time Oscar-nominated director Lucy Walker (Waste Land, MIFF 2010) is at the top of her game in this brilliantly told account of the rise and ... Read more
"A fascinating look into a world many of us don't understand." – Toronto Film Scene ... Of the 20,000 pupils at the illustrious Shaolin Tagu Kung Fu School (located next to the famous Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of kung fu), director Inigo Westmeier focuses in tight on three girls at ... Read more
"My bat was my sword." - Vivian Richards ... The West Indian cricket team of the early 70s was a joke to the rest of the world. Dubbed 'calypso cricketers', they were goaded by racist abuse and suffered a string of humiliating losses, until a new captain and a fierce determination saw them rise up ... Read more
"Brilliantly brutal and intriguingly insightful... superbly records a subculture where violence and honour come knuckle-to-knuckle." - Screen International ... James Quinn McDonagh is a champion - of sorts. Stuck in the middle of a generation- spanning blood feud between Irish Traveller clans ... Read more
"A high-octane bio of one of auto racing's greatest figures." - Variety ... Brazilian motor racing champion Ayrton Senna is widely regarded as the greatest driver ever to get behind the wheel. The winner of three Formula One championships, he was just 34 when a tragic racing accident claimed his ... Read more
"This remarkable film puts us in their shoes – literally between the world's most ferocious rock and the icy hard place of imminent death." – Hollywood Reporter ... In the tradition of Kevin MacDonald's Touching the Void, The Summit thrusts audiences headfirst into a thrilling tale of ... Read more
When Cassius Clay embraced Islam and became Muhammad Ali, the "People's Champion" courted controversy. When he subsequently refused the draft, he went from "The Greatest" to persona non grata. ... Muhammad Ali is, perhaps, the most famous athlete in the world. While most documentaries have focused ... Read more
"It seemed as if Wayne Lynch had just fallen out of the sky, after a long visit to the future." – Matt Warshaw, author of The History of Surfing ... When Wayne Lynch first appeared on the scene, he created shockwaves: no one had ever surfed like him before, and his revolutionary approach to ... Read more
"An enthralling and often insightful documentary about two supreme sibling athletes … Venus And Serena is a must for tennis fans." – Screen Daily ... Venus and Serena Williams are not only the most successful sisters in tennis, they're also amongst the most successful athletes ever. In ... Read more
"Two champions – one of the racetrack, one of the big screen – are reunited four decades on in a long-unseen documentary." – Screen Daily ... In 1971, Formula One racing was one of the most dangerous sports in the world, and Scotsman Jackie Stewart was its champion. Worshipped for ... Read more
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