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‘Cinema Lies, Sport Doesn't’

Every summer the worlds of sport and cinema enter into a tussle for audiences, with football and tennis in particular basking in the sunlight. Rather than competing against these brilliant sports, this June we’re instead celebrating them, with a diverse selection of films which put football and tennis centre stage.  

Constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage, Diego Maradona by award-winning documentary maker Asif Kapadia (Senna, Amy) is a meticulously constructed portrait of one of the most famous footballers of the last fifty years. 

In contrast Diamantino is a candy coloured farce about Portugal’s top football player, the gloriously dumb and sweet-hearted Diamantino. His footie genius however has a strange manifestation – every time he faces the goal, his vision fills with giant fluffy puppies bounding through pink powder.  

For yet another perspective on the sport, Freedom Fields by Naziha Arebi offers an intimate look at post-revolution Libya through the eyes of an aspiring all-female soccer team, whose struggle to gain mainstream acceptance mirrors the broader challenges facing women in contemporary Libya.  

And comprising of brilliant 16mm footage from the 1984 French Open, John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection is a brilliantly immersive look at the world of tennis and one of its most famous stars, exploring the relationship between the sport, human movement and cinema itself.