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This Sporting Life

Synopsis
One of the most notable films from cinema’s British "New Wave" phase. It is director Lindsay Anderson’s multi-award winning, gritty and powerful northern drama, featuring a breakout performance from Richard Harris (Gladiator, Harry Potter) with strong support from Rachel Roberts (Saturday Night Sunday Morning), both of whom are on tremendous form in one of the films that came to define the sixties. This version of the film has been taken from an HD print in the correct aspect ratio so this is the first time the film can be viewed on DVD as it was meant for a cinema audience.
Frank Machin is a miner who lodges with Mrs. Hammond, a widow. His competitive nature and powerful physique lead him to join the local rugby team. With a progressing sports career comes success - and perhaps a new sense of insecurity - which seems to make Frank harsher and cruder than he already is. But his inability to articulate his sensitive side only serves to alienate people further...
With both Richard Harris and Rachel Roberts turning in powerhouse performances (which won Harris an award for Best Actor at Cannes and Roberts a nomination) plus a Palm d’Or nomination at Cannes for director Lindsay Anderson, this is an unflinching look at the lives of the working class set in the bleak landscape of northern England.
Special features on this DVD are: Digital restoration of the film in the correct aspect ratio; Original Theatrical Trailer; Extensive image gallery; Promotional and Script PDFs; Commemorative Booklet by Film Historian and Lecturer David Rolinson.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Year of production
1963
Subjects
English language and literature; Film studies
Keywords
dentistry; rugby; working classes

Credits

Director
Lindsay Anderson
Writer
David Storey
Cast
Colin Blakely 
Rachel Roberts 
Richard Harris 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£12.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
128 minutes
Year
2008

Distributor

Name

Network

Email
shop@networkonair.com
Web
http://networkonair.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01992 657707
Address
19-20 Blythe Road
Berghem Mews
Hammersmith
London
W14 0HN
Notes
Founded in 1997, Network specialises in distributing niche television programmes, predominantly licensed from Granada Ventures and Fremantle. They have recently branched into feature film distribution. Sale via retail outlets or direct via Network’s website, which has some’web exclusive’ offers.
 

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