In the midst of the most unusual year across sports and entertainment, ESPN Films continues to offer some of the best overall storytelling.
ESPN Film’s latest installment in the Peabody and Emmy award-winning 30 for 30 series is, “The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius”.
The four-part documentary will debut on ESPN Australia New Zealand on Sunday November 1 at 8.30pm AEDT.
Part One of the film will premiere on ESPN on November 1, with each subsequent part following over the next three nights.
Directed by BAFTA award-winner Daniel Gordon (“Hillsborough,” “George Best: All By Himself”) and produced by Academy Award-winner John Battsek (“Searching for Sugarman,” “One Day in September”), the documentary tells the story of the South African Paralympic sprinter and international hero, who had inspired millions with his determination and dedication – and who was then suddenly at the center of a murder investigation. The circus that surrounded a tragic death became just as much a story of the time as his initial rise to glory.
Featuring interviews with more than a dozen of the figures closest to the story, the film recounts Pistorius’s fall from grace after killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the wee hours of February 14th, 2013 in his home in Pretoria, South Africa. According to Pistorius, the event was a tragic accident, but his troubled past and questionable testimony cast doubt on his innocence.
As the saga unfolds, the story flashes back to the very beginning of the future Paralympic star’s life, chronicling his improbable ascent from a young boy who had both his undeveloped legs amputated as a toddler to overnight teenage phenomenon at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games.
Shattering records and convention, “The Blade Runner,” as he became known, then went on a quest to compete against able-bodied athletes at the Olympics. His struggle against international track and field officials continued for years before Pistorius finally prevailed and competed at the London Olympics in 2012.
Less than a year later, he was in a South African courtroom, accused of murdering his girlfriend.
“The story of Oscar Pistorius is remarkable in its complexity. It’s at once inspirational and harrowing, and provides a lens of insight into a breadth of issues – from gender based violence to disability rights, racial inequality and media frenzy,”
– said director Daniel Gordon.
“My hope is that the film gives audiences additional context and layers to a story they think they know.”
‘The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius’ kicks off ESPN Films month on ESPN, with a selection of the best 30 for 30 and documentaries selected to air across November on ESPN Australia New Zealand.
About ESPN Films
ESPN Films has been an industry leader in documentary filmmaking since its inception in March 2008, producing more than 100 documentaries that have showcased some of the most compelling stories in sports. The high quality of storytelling, highlighted by the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning 30 for 30 series and the Academy-Award winning documentary “O.J.: Made in America,” has led to record viewership as well as multiple honors and critical acclaim. Additional projects from ESPN Films over the years have included 30 for 30 Shorts, Nine for IX, SEC Storied and Emmy award-winning docu-series “The Last Dance.”
The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius on ESPN
Sunday November 1
8.30pm AEDT, The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius: Part One, ESPN
Monday November 2
7.30pm AEDT, The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius: Part Two, ESPN
Tuesday November 3
8.30pm AEDT, The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius: Part Three, ESPN
Wednesday November 4
8.30pm AEDT, The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius, Part Four, ESPN
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