The Battle of the Sexes
UK | Directors James Erskine, Zara Hayes | 83 Minutes
In 1973, tennis star Billie Jean King agreed to face 1940s men’s champion Bobby Riggs in what became the most watched tennis match in history. This illuminating documentary goes behind the scenes to show the history of the match, how it came to pass, and the impact it had on the media, the tennis community and the ever-present battle of the sexes. The film focusses on the build-up to the event, with all the ridiculous gamesmanship put forth by the self-proclaimed “male chauvinist pig” Bobby Riggs. It simultaneously takes a fascinating look at the beginnings of women’s professional tennis and a feminist movement led by the charismatic and legendary Billie Jean King.
Featuring excellent archival footage and interviews with tennis greats and modern tennis stars like Maria Sharapova and the Williams sisters, this is a documentary about a sporting event that transcends the game to tell a fascinating story of an inspirational woman who went forward to become a vital voice in the women’s liberation movement.
“This is a smart, gripping and enormously enjoyable parable.” Time Out London
“A fascinating excavation of a crossover sports/pop culture moment.” The Guardian UK
Note: This film is rated PG