This Sporting Life
What does it take to be the best in sport? What emerges from all the documentaries and features made over the last few decades, is that it requires uncompromising self-sacrifice, an almost obsessive desire to win, physical and mental discipline and an iron will.
To celebrate the release of 'Diego Maradona' in our cinemas, the latest film by Asif Kapadia ('Senna', 'Amy'), we've curated a selection of films about sport. From fictional portraits of real-life sportspeople whose obsession takes them to the edge of sanity – and even into crime – to documentaries of icons who have dominated their field and events that fire our imagination, these films show the cost and triumph of being the best. Like any world that has so much at stake, for all the virtuosity and skill of the game, there can be a dark side; from the destructive impulse to the shady players on the fringes of the business. It's often an unsteady balance. But when the whistle blows, the starting gun is fired, the lights turn green, the wire is raised and the umpire starts the game, the world stops and its eyes turn to thrill at excellence of those aiming to be the best.