ESPN is to air 15 documentaries on its channels in the UK, Ireland and parts of Europe, with titles including Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears (pictured), Olympia and Football is God making their international television premieres.
Ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, ESPN will air Olympia: 1936 Berlin Official Film, which will be shown in its entirety on television for the first time.
The doc by Leni Riefenstahl was the first feature film to document the Olympic games, and was the official film of the Games hosted in then-Nazi-led Germany. The four-hour film will debut as four one-hour installments in the days before the opening of the London Olympics.
Also premiering are Michael Todd’s Joe Frazier: When The Smoke Clears, a 2008 Realscreen MIP Pick and Hulu’s first documentary of the month, which will debut on ESPN Classic in the UK on May 12; Eric Cantona and The Football Rebels, which consists of five 30-minute episodes focusing on Didier Drogba, Predrag Pasic, Socrates, Carlos Caszely, and Rachid Mekloufi; and Football is God, from Danish filmmaker Ole Bendtzen, which follows three fans of Argentina’s Boca Juniors club.
ESPN Films’ documentaries launching on ESPN channels in the EMEA region in coming months include Nelson George’s The Announcement, which focuses on NBA star Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson’s 1991 announcement that he was HIV-positive; and 26 Years – The Dewey Bozella Story, which chronicles the journey of its title character from prison cell to professional boxer.
Other titles include The Secret of Deva, Racing Through Life – Alain Prost, Mourinho – The Best Coach in the World, Kingsmeadow, 4th and Goal, Andy Schleck – My Tour and a specially produced FA Cup documentary, Kings For A Day: The Giant Killers of Football.