Next Goal Wins, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait The Endless Summer riders Senna Dreams Wave- Hoop Fire in Babylon Pumping Iron Olympia
and this year’s superb
a study of American Samoa’s unhappy adventures on the pitch. (2006), an experiment by Douglas Gordon, approaches that French giant from an avant-garde direction.
Does surfing count? If so than the fans can soak up Bruce Brown’s (1966), tales from California in the boom years, and, for an Irish perspective, Joel Conroy’s fascinating
(2008). If Road whets your appetite for moto- docs then it may be time to revisit Asif Kapadia’s stirring
from 2010. Both films get across both the thrills and the insane danger of their relevant sports; both are, by all definitions of the word, overpoweringly cinematic.
By many critics’ reckoning, the best of the bunch – Steve James’s
(1994), following two US kids trying to make it as professional basketball players – has as much to do with failure as it has to do with success.
You like cricket? Seek out Stevan Riley’s (2010), a celebration of the West Indian game. Competitive body-building? A young Schwarzenegger still rattles the brain in (1977). You want a fascist celebration of the Olympics. Well, shame on you, but you do have Leni Riefenstahl’s (1938). Golf fans remain, however, underserved. Because golf.