BBC iPlayer, the British pubcaster’s streaming platform, is to premiere a documentary from UK producer Chalkboard Television and London-based doc producer Ad Hoc Films that chronicles the Great Britain Rugby League Lions 2019 tour to the southern hemisphere.
The feature-length film, premiering on the streaming service Nov. 21, follows the GB Lions as they tour New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. It explores Rugby League’s northern heartlands, as well as issues surrounding masculinity, race, class, friendship, ambition and sacrifice, and looks ahead to the future of the sport, with the 2021 Rugby League World Cup due to be hosted in England.
Executive producers are Mike Benson from Chalkboard, Mat Hodgson and Daniel Glynn from Ad Hoc, and Mandy Chang and Jo Lapping from the BBC. Sports-focused prodco Ad Hoc recently released the feature documentary I Am Durán with Universal Pictures.
International rights for the feature will be handled by RDA, a London-based sports media rights agency.
Once Were Lions joins a number of other documentaries on iPlayer, including Lance, OJ: Made in America, When We Were Kings, The Two Escobars, Climbing Blind, The Edge, The Australian Dream, Afghan Cricket Club: Out Of The Ashes and The Eagle Huntress.