From the classic and controversial Olympia (1938, Leni Riefenstahl) to the critical and commercial success of Murderball (2005: Rubin and Shapiro), sport documentaries represent a significant if under researched aspect of the documentary tradition.
How do we account for the Sport Documentary? How have particular sport documentaries engaged with political and social issues, such as nationalism, gender, race and sexuality? Is it the case that sporting events, as one critic has argued, lie at the “actuality” end of the documentary spectrum? Is it useful to talk of the sport documentary as a sub-genre of documentary film? What is the relationship between: sport and the documentary; between sport documentaries and sport fiction; and between sport documentaries and mainstream sport programming?
We are inviting submissions on all aspects of sports documentaries.
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