Olympic runners to reunite in Sky Atlantic doc

In The Fall, long-distance runners Zola Budd (pictured, right) and Mary Decker (left) reunite for the first time since they famously collided during the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.
June 28, 2016

Sky Atlantic is prepping a documentary about Olympic runners Zola Budd (pictured, right) and Mary Decker (left) ahead of the Rio Olympics in August.

Exec produced by Passion Pictures’ John Battsek and directed by Daniel Gordon, The Fall will reunite the long-distance runners for the first time since they famously collided during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

The 90-minute doc features interviews with both athletes and others that recount the events and hype leading up to the 3,000m women’s track final. Budd, who ran barefoot, was competing for Britain while Decker, tipped to win the gold medal, was running for the U.S. During the race, however, they collided and Decker was unable to finish. Budd placed seventh.

“I knew making this film would be opening up the black box in my mind which I haven’t opened since that day,” Budd said in a statement. “I thought it was time.”

“I still think about that race every day,” added Decker. “Making this film has been cathartic.”

The Fall will open theatrically in the UK through Picturehouse Cinemas on July 29 and air on Sky Atlantic network on the same day. London’s Picturehouse Cinema Central will host the premiere on July 27 and special previews with selected Q&As will take place a day later.

Hillside Production produced the film in association with Passion Pictures. Karen Emsley commissioned the doc for Sky Atlantic and James Quinn exec produced for the network.

In related news, Sky’s in-house VR studio has unveiled its VR film about the Tour de France. The film will follow defending champs Team Sky on a training day in Monaco and during the Tour of Romandie in Switzerland – one of team leader Chris Froome’s main preparations for the race.

The VR footage was posted on the Sky Sports, Team Sky and Sky Loves Cycling Facebook Pages on June 27.

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