Boys shooting for the stars
THE ABC should be congratulated for delivering this weekly filmic fix – especially given the alternative is light-hearted commercial dramas that struggle to break the mould.
Tonight’s outing, a look at marginalised black communities built around the aspirations of two young and talented basketballers is rightly heralded as one of the best documentaries ever made.
Introducing 14-year-olds Arthur Agee and William Gates in 1986, the film follows their ‘‘ hoop dreams’’ of a college scholarship and possible elevation to a better life via the NBA over the ensuing five years.
Sport is largely pushed to the sidelines, the strength of this stunning piece of cinema verite built on the various struggles, and great optimism, of the two families.
Seventeen years since it claimed a top gong at the Sundance film festival, Hoop Dreams still lands a powerful punch at highlighting the everyday plight of so many Americans and their ultimate desire for equality.
ABC2, tonight 8.30pm