Fast Girls - OUT FRIDAY - Top 10 Sporting Films

June 11 2012

Directed by award-winning young filmmaker REGAN HALL (3 Hours) and produced by DAMIAN JONES (The Iron Lady, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll), FAST GIRLS is co-scripted by NOEL CLARKE (Adulthood, Kidulthood), JAY BASU and ROY WILLIAMS. CLARKE also heads the strong supporting cast line-up of, LORRAINE BURROUGHS (Dr Who), BAFTA nominee PHIL DAVIS (Vera Drake), RUPERT GRAVES (V For Vendetta) and newcomers LASHANA LYNCH, DOMINIQUE TIPPER and HANNAH FRANKSON.

As some of the oldest past times, sports have always been a part of our lives. Providing exercise, fun, and community, they play a major role in our well-being. So, to celebrate the release of the new sports drama Fast Girls (in cinemas June 15th), we’re looking back on some of the best sporting films in cinema history...

Rocky – (John G. Avildsen, 1976)

As one of the most recognized boxing films, this drama is quintessential in any sport film fan’s library. Written and starring Sylvester Stallone, it tells the rags to riches story of Rocky Balboa, a loan shark debt collector and club boxer who gets his big chance at winning the heavyweight championship title.

The Bad News Bears – (Michael Ritchie, 1976)

This sports comedy follows the story of Morris Buttermaker (Walter Matthau), an ex-minor league baseball player whose life has gone down the gutter. A loud-mouthed alcoholic, Buttermaker is an unlikely candidate for the job offered t him: to coach a Southern California Little League team, made up of the kids who had been rejected by other teams. This strangely heart-warming film is a timeless hit.

Chariots of Fire – (Hugh Hudson, 1981)

Set in 1924, this classic British sports drama based on a true story depicts the story of two British athletes running in the Summer Olympics. A dedicated Scottish Christian, Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson) decides to run for his belief in God, while Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) is an English Jew who runs to fight prejudice. As opposed as the two are, they both find they are working to overcome the same thing. The internationally acclaimed, multi Oscar®-winning Olympic drama is being released in cinemas on 13th July this year in a stunning digitally restored version.

Hoosiers – (David Anspaugh, 1986)

A new high school teacher and basketball coach in Indiana, Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) is put under massive pressure as the community around him as he starts to alienate them. On the edge of loosing his job, the top player in the town agrees to play, but only if Dale remains coach. As the team begins to succeed, they prove that first impressions are not the last.

Cool Runnings – (Jon Turteltaub, 1993)

As Irv Blitzer (John Candy), an Olympic bobsled double gold medallist who was disqualified for cheating, runs away to Jamaica, he discovers a top 100 meter runner (Leon Robinson) who fails to place for the Olympic team as well as a pushcart driving champion (Doug E. Doug). With the hopes of returning to Olympic glory, he builds the first Jamaican bobsled team. Based on a true story, this sports comedy shines and is a must-see.

Remember the Titans – (Boaz Yakin, 2000)

Inspired by real events, this emotional drama takes you on a journey through the lives of an integrated American high school football team as they begin a season with a new coach who is African-American. Through the intense racial tension between not only the players, but also the teachers and school board, the team and their coach rise above it to succeed.

Bend It Like Beckham – (Gurinder Chadha, 2002)

A modern-day classic, Bend It Like Beckham follows the dream of Jasminder ‘Jess’ Bhamra (Parminder Nagra): to play professional football. As the 18-year-old daughter of Punjabi Sikhs, her dream seems out of reach until she meets Jules (Kiera Knightly), an English girl who plays on a local women’s football team. Jules recruits Jess for the team, but Jess’s strict parents will not allow her to play football because she is a girl. A comedy-drama, this film light-heartedly shows how people from extremely different backgrounds can have very similar problems and work to overcome them.

Seabiscuit – (Gary Ross, 2003)

Based on the book of the same name, Seabiscuit tells the true story of one of the most famous racehorses in history. Taking place in Depression-era America, Seabiscuit is the undersized underdog whose unprecedented success made him famous in America. Starring Toby Maguire as Seabiscuit’s jockey, Red Pollard, and Jeff Bridges as Seabiscuit’s owner Charles Howard, the timeless and inspirational story still has great relevance today.

Invictus – (Clint Eastwood, 2009)

Following the overturn of apartheid, Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) is released from prison and elected president of South Africa. When he notices that there is racial tension between a percentage of the South African public and their union rugby team, he then inspires the rugby captain (Matt Damon), saying that a victory could unite the nation once again. This well respected star cast impresses in this hard-hitting drama.

Fast Girls – (Regan Hall, 2012)

When sassy streetwise Shania (Lenora Crichlow) meets ambitious, middle class Lisa (Lily James), their two worlds collide on the athletics track with explosive results. As the Fast Girls strive to qualify for a major world athletics championship, they battle adversity and rivalry on their dramatic, heart-warming and inspirational journey. Directed by award-winning young filmmaker Regan Hall (3 Hours), this is a film you won’t want to miss.

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Fast Girls is released in cinemas on June 15th 2012 from Studiocanal

 


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