A number of docuseries have been offering us insights into the world of sports – from football controversies to the greatest of all time NBA player to the world of Tennis and Formula 1. You name it and one or the other streaming platform has a sports movie, documentary or docu-series that has an undeniable appeal. These are true stories of some of the world-renowned athletes, teams, and sports staff – they gripped us, inspired us, left us in shock and awe at times and also showed us how not everything has a happy ending after all. These docuseries are the perfect recipe for a satisfying and fulfilling movie experience and here are some we cannot recommend you enough to watch this week:
Break Point is a new behind-the-scenes documentary series on Netflix about the 2022 tennis season, created by the team behind F1: Drive to Survive. With some of the biggest rising names in the sports of tennis offering insights on their games tyle, certain matches and many other interviews style rounds of their career, this documentary is for everyone who enjoys tennis.
In this documentary, there is kinetic game footage that is mixed along with all revealing interviews of the players. A true behind-the-scenes of the lives of the top rising tennis players who have global attention, capturing how they travel across the globe for their four major grand slams and the ATP and WTA tours.
They deliberately chose to focus on the bright rising stars of tennis like Nick Kyrgios, Felix Auger- Aliassime, Casper Ruud, Taylore Fritz, Paula Badosa, Ons Jabeur and Matteo Berrettini.
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Formula 1: Drive to Survive is a documentary series co-produced by Netflix and Formula One, providing an inside look at the drivers and races of the Formula One World Championship.
The series has had four seasons so far, covering the 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 World Championships, with a fifth and sixth season confirmed. The fifth season, which focuses on the 2022 season, was released on 24 February 2023, before the start of the 2023 championship and the opening race, the Bahrain Grand Prix.
From the reception viewpoint, Drive to Survive has received recognition for offering additional insight to fans and attracting new audiences to the sport, globally. Its condensing of season-long themes into single-episode narratives has also been praised.
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The Last Dance
“The Last Dance” is a 10-part docuseries that follows Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls during their 1997-1998 season as they attempt to win their sixth championship. The series includes footage of the team on and off the court, as well as covering other important moments in Jordan’s career. The name of the series is taken from a phrase coined by Bulls coach Phil Jackson, who knew it would likely be the last season for the core members of the Bulls dynasty during that time.
The series premiered in April 2020 and was widely popular due to the lack of live sports during the pandemic and its fascinating portrayal of Jordan and his teammates.
What is the selling point – you get to see footage of Bulls on the court, all about a Vegas holiday that Carmen Electra recalls from when she hid from Jordan. It is also a brilliant showcase of one of the world’s most iconic and sought-after athletes from a hugely celebrated team in the States. Give this a go for how Jordan became a force to reckon with, a global marketing sensation and cultural figure.
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“Athlete A” is a documentary as much as it is also a true-crime film experience that exposes the sexual abuse by team doctor Larry Nassar of USA Gymnastics and the toxic culture within the organization that protected him instead of the gymnasts.
The documentary also highlights the reporters who exposed the scandal and the gymnasts who survived the abuse. The title – Athlete A is a reference to the then – anonymous tipper – Maggie Nichols, thanks to whom the first public disclosure of Nassar’s sexual abuse of female gymnasts came to light.
Nassar is now in prison, but USAG continues to face new claims of abuse.
In this one of its kind shocker, you will get to how a brand is more concerned to protect their own name and brand image rather than seeking justice and fighting against the abusive culture that propagated within its system.
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Naomi Osaka is one of the finest Tennis players, gifted and hardworking. This documentary miniseries “Naomi Osaka” follows the life of the professional tennis player over the course of two years, exploring the tough decisions and ecstatic triumphs that shape her as a superstar and young woman.
It premiered on Netflix in July 2021 and is directed by Garrett Bradley, the series offers insight into Osaka’s mental well-being, sense of purpose, and the unexpected loss of a close mentor. It also highlights her use of her platform on the court and her participation in a protest after the murder of George Floyd. The intent of the series was to offer a snapshot of a period of time in Osaka’s life, her struggles with her mental health, how she came to join the protest in Minnesota and used her voice to fight for the #BlackLivesMatter campaign.
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