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Top 5 sports films/documentaries to watch during self-isolation

There may be no live sport to tuck in to due to COVID-19, so you have plenty of time to Netflix and chill with a loved one or friends while watching some fantastic sports films or documentaries. Here are ParkLife Sport’s top five for you to binge.

  1. Formula One: Drive to Survive – Netflix – 9/10

We start off within the world of Formula One, with Netflix’s highly-rated ‘Drive to Survive’ series. The documentary, rather than the usual continuous cycle that tells the story, jumps from timezone to timezone, looking at different teams and drivers at certain particular races and events. The timeline is stagnated and many drivers, especially in season two with the addition of Ferrari and Mercedes, are barely seen or some not at all. Fan’s favourite Lando Norris did not get a single interview in and at least four other drivers were not shown once, prompting Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kyvat to say, “f**k them,” in reference to Netflix’s proposed favouritism over certain drivers. But the series does give us a behind the scenes look at a sport that was once so hidden, allowing new waves of fans to be enticed by a sport known by everyone around the world.

Formula One World Championship 2019, Round 11, German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday 28 July 2019 – Mercedes AMG F1 being filmed by the Netflix production ‘Drive to Survive’.

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2. All or Nothing: Manchester City 2017/18 – Amazon Prime 8/10

With a new wave of streaming sites taking over, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ etc, football, like Formula One, was an untapped market and Amazon were the first to jump at the opportunity with ‘All or Nothing.’ The documentary gave us exclusive access to how one of the best teams in the world was run, and a glimpse of what manager Pep Guardiola is truly like in the changing room. Luckily for the viewers, they were treated to a record-breaking season at the Etihad as Guardiola’s men strolled to the 100 point mark. There has been no news as to whether the 2018/19 season was filmed but with Tottenham Hotspurs’ 2019/20 campaign under the Amazon telescope, it looks like we’re in for a treat.

3. Cool Runnings (1993) – 7/10

Based on a true story, this 1993 rendition of Jamaica’s attempt at the 1988 Winter Olympics showcased the true underdog story, with the IMDb bio of the film saying, “when a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonoured coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.” Despite most of the story being fictional, with all the bobsled team coming from the Jamaican Army, and the real team not winning the race, Cool Runnings will go down as a classic underdog story in the history of sports films.

4. Rush (2013) – 8.5/10

Another film involving Formula One, the Ron Howard directed interpretation of the 1976 season will truly be a feast for your eyes ahead of the potential lockdown. James Hunt and Niki Lauda battled for the World Championship in what looked a certainty for Lauda. However, a crash at the German Grand Prix which should have killed the Austrian put Hunt firmly in the driving seat for the Championship. It also depicts the non-racing sides of the drivers’ lives, so if you have a spare evening, whip out some Lidl ice cream and tuck into a great bit of cinematography.

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5. Invictus (2009) – 8/10

Switching up now to Invictus, with the Clint Eastwood directed film showing just how sport can unite a divided nation. On IMDb the bio is, “Nelson Mandela, in his first term as President of South Africa, initiates a unique venture to unite the Apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.” Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon are superb and Eastwood has really caught the struggle of the apartheid brilliantly.

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