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BT Sport Films: Settle down this festive season for a feast of exceptional sports films
BT Sport Films have your Christmas viewing sorted with a brilliant range of sports documentaries from our award-winning team.
The tree is covered in tinsel, the presents are under the tree and the turkey sandwiches are on the coffee table, it's Christmas but there's something missing...
Fear not, for BT Sport have you covered with a veritable feast of films to get stuck into with a sensational selection from our award-winning team.
Below is your complete guide to some of the very best films on offer, with descriptions, trailers and links to some incredible sports documentaries - from the inspirational story of Frank Warren's career to an unflinching docu-series on the south London football culture.
South Of The River explores the exponential rise of players from south London – an area that produces 14 percent of the Premier League’s English-born players.
The three-part docuseries explains how one of the most productive breeding grounds on the planet continues to thrive despite being in the grip of austerity and crime.
Presented by Peckham-born Rio Ferdinand, an executive producer for the docuseries, South Of The River features interviews from a host of south London-born stars from Jadon Sancho and Eberechi Eze to Joe Gomez and Michail Antonio.
But it’s the disarmingly candid stories of those aspiring to make it as footballers that makes South Of The River essential viewing.
At the heart of the story of south London football is the tragic dichotomy between earning a contract and falling into a life of crime.
And South Of The River not only examines the depth of untapped football talent that exists, but also the challenges that making it as a footballer on a south London estate brings to the kids and the families of those who support them - from knife crime and postcode gangs to underfunding and gang-related violence.
The inside story of the most talked about rivalry in recent years, as Tyson Fury & Deontay Wilder etched their names into boxing history, with a classic trilogy of fights.
Both fighters give us their take as well as interviews with various others involved in the three huge contests - which defined a heavyweight rivalry not seen for decades.
The Trilogy takes you behind the scenes of the three fights, which spanned December 2018 until October 2021, featuring some of the most remarkable moments in recent heavyweight boxing history.
Greavsie tells the emotional story of Jimmy Greaves - one of England's greatest ever strikers.
The BT Sport Film takes viewers on a journey documenting the meteoric rise, tragic fall, and glorious reinvention of the late Greaves, with rarely seen archive footage and interviews with some of the game’s biggest names.
Despite his accolades, Greaves was only recognised with an MBE in the 2021 New Year's honours list having missed England's crowning glory at the 1966 World Cup. Here, Greavsie puts that right by shining a light on one of the greatest players ever to grace an England shirt.
Contributors include Harry Redknapp, Sir Geoff Hurst, Ian St John, Denis Law, George Cohen, Pat Jennings, Gary Lineker, Glenn Hoddle, Barry Davies, Alan Mullery, Ron Harris and Rio Ferdinand.
Make It Or Die Trying: The Frank Warren Story documents the remarkable life of one of the most powerful figures in boxing.
Colourful barely does justice to the career of Frank Warren. From being shot in cold blood to taking a left hook from Mike Tyson, the legendary boxing promoter has seen it all.
Operating in a world predicated on machismo, Warren’s insatiable appetite for boxing and providing for those closest to him has seen him climb off the canvas to redefine the sport to which he has devoted his life.
Make It Or Die Trying is the story of how Warren became one of the biggest names in British sport, managing some of the most colourful figures in entertainment such as Mike Tyson, Frank Sinatra, Marco Antonio Barrera, Naseem Hamed and Joe Calzaghe.
Stop The Tour is the story of how sport changed South Africa, why it was needed and how it culminated into the incredible moment of Siya Kolisi lifting the 2019 Rugby World Cup as the first black captain of the Springboks.
The defining image of Kolisi lifting the Webb Ellis Cup surrounded by a multi-racial South African team would never have been possible without the Stop the Tour protests, an initiative which helped change the course of the anti-apartheid movement.
Stop the Tour, an instalment in BT Sport’s award-winning series of feature-length documentaries, is the story of how sport changed South Africa and why it was needed.
The film showcases the powerful impact that protest movements had and is a reminder of the symbiotic relationship that binds sport and society.
George Best: True Genius, the latest documentary in the award-winning BT Sport Films series, pays homage to the carefree icon from Northern Ireland who became the game’s first superstar.
The documentary, which is presented and narrated by Best’s son Calum, charts the rise and rise of a player who is still immortalised at Old Trafford and beyond.
To commemorate what would have been Best’s 75th birthday on Saturday 22 May, the compelling portrait documents his astronomic rise through the ranks at United in the wake of the Munich air disaster, all the way through to the historic 1968 European Cup win at Wembley.
Written and narrated by award-winning journalist Michael Calvin, Ours offers a unique insight into the world of modern football away from the Premier League.
Ours asks searching questions about identity and belonging, and finds hope in clubs that are run by, or heavily influenced by, their fans. It provides an in-depth examination of a variety of ownership models in an uncertain era for the sport.
Consumerism has consumed a sport which purports to be for the people. Supporters have become secondary to surplus and community usurped by capital. Greed has become institutionalised and compassion forgotten. The game’s human touch has gone cold.
Fans are football’s power supply. They are part of the theatre and their absence has been keenly felt during the coronavirus pandemic. Too often, though, they been manipulated, smeared and taken for granted. How will they help to shape the future of a game undergoing an existential crisis?
Narrated by lifelong Palace fan Bill Nighy, the BT Sport Film features contributions from former players including Vince Hilaire, Jim Cannon, Ian Evans and Peter Nicholas.
Team of the Eighties a captivating and irreverent look at how two of the most colourful characters in English football history transformed Palace into contenders - Malcolm Allison and Terry Venables.
Team of the Eighties also explains the origins of the unlikely rivalry between Palace and Brighton, a feud set in motion by the warring Venables and Brighton manager Alan Mullery.
Bosman: The Player Who Changed Football is the story of how an unheralded footballer with a steadfast belief left an indelible mark on the sport, at a devastating human cost.
It explores how Belgian midfielder Jean-Marc Bosman redefined the footballing landscape and changed the destiny of thousands of professional players who have succeeded him, by allowing out-of-contract employees to leave clubs on free transfers.
Perhaps the most influential reform in elite-level football over the past 30 years, the Bosman rule was ratified in the courts in 1995, when it was ruled that out-of-contract footballers could leave clubs without their employers receiving a transfer fee.
The Bosman ruling has redefined the footballing landscape and changed the destiny of thousands of professional players who have succeeded him.
As Bosman himself said, “Everyone knows the Bosman rule, but nobody knows the man”. Here, in Bosman: The Player Who Changed Football, we discover the Belgian's story.
State Of Play, based on the best-selling book by Michael Calvin, is a continuation of the acclaimed author’s fascination with the human side football - a game that makes children of us all.
The film offers a captivating insight into the heart of the game which is a microcosm of a harsh, hysterical society.
Football permeates our society. It gives its followers a collective identity and participants at the highest level a notoriety matched only by Hollywood A-Listers.
But Britain’s national sport doesn’t exist in isolation. It is a microcosm of a harsh, hysterical society. Players and managers operate in a world where intolerance is institutionalised and scrutiny is fierce. Our voyeuristic, relentless obsession creates unrealistic expectations which can cripple those under the intense spotlight.
State of Play features interviews with a diverse range of figures from all levels of the game including Gareth Bale, Frank Lampard, Danny Rose, Jadon Sancho, Emma Hayes, former Arsenal Women’s manager Joe Montemurro, Sam Allardyce, Sean Dyche, Thomas Hitzlsperger and Rio Ferdinand.
Two Tribes explores the dichotomy between the searing highs of Liverpool and Everton football clubs and the socio-economic decline in a city where football and politics are so inextricably linked.
The once-great port city of the British Empire was on its knees in the 1980s, caught in a post-industrial impasse.
Against this backdrop rose the city’s two football teams. Liverpool and Everton dominated the domestic and European scene in the 1980s, offering Liverpudlians some respite from the hardship of everyday life.
Too Good To Go Down, based on the book by acclaimed football author Wayne Barton, is the story of how Manchester United fell from grace and then climbed off the canvas after the retirement of legendary manager Sir Matt Busby.
Thirteen years prior to the arrival of unheralded manager Sir Alex Ferguson, another Scot presided over one of the darkest days in the club’s storied history.
Tommy Docherty’s United were relegated from the First Division in 1973, just six years after winning the European Cup.
How did the club so synonymous with success suffer the unthinkable?
Shoulder To Shoulder
Rugby union legend Brian O’Driscoll takes viewers on a personal journey across Irish sporting and political history in Shoulder To Shoulder.
Fifty years since the start of The Troubles, the film captures the remarkable history of the Irish national rugby union team, which despite violence, opposition and partition in Ireland, has brought together players and fans from two countries and united them on and off the pitch.
Ireland has been divided not just on a map but by politics, history and religion. However, the Irish Rugby Union has continued to be the governing body of rugby, leading to the remarkable situation of players from two countries competing as one.