Hot on the heels of the Rio Olympics in Brazil, London-based sales outfit Dogwoof sales has picked up the international rights to The Fall. The Daniel Gordon-directed documentary follows a pair of Olympic runners, Zola Budd (Britain, right) and Mary Decker (US, left), who collided in the women’s 3,000m during the 1984 games in Los Angeles.
Dogwoof signed the deal with Hillside (part of the CTVC Group) and Passion Pictures for all global rights, save for the UK. It will be representing the film at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, with a private screening for buyers.
The Fall is a Sky and GCI film presentation of a Hillside Production in association with Passion Pictures. The film is produced by CTVC’s Karen Emsley and exec produced by Passion Pictures’ John Battsek, with Sky Atlantic’s James Quinn, who commissioned the project, also serving as executive producer.
“Dogwoff continues to feel like the perfect partner for the feature docs we make at Passion Pictures,” said Battsek, in a release. “[The Fall is] a film we are all immensely proud of and one which we genuinely feel has a wide appeal that should lead to strong global sales.”
The 90-minute film reunites the athletes, and feautures interviews that recount the events leading up to the race. Decker was predicted to take gold before the collision, which left the Olympian unable to finish the race, while Budd, who ran the race barefoot, finished seventh.
The doc opened theatrically in the UK through Picturehouse Cinemas on July 29, and aired day-and-date on Sky Atlantic.