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You don't have to break a sweat to watch these engrossing movies and feature documentaries that celebrate the beauty of sport. Now streaming at SBS On Demand.
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SBS Movies

21 Aug 2020 - 3:42 PM  UPDATED 21 Aug 2020 - 3:42 PM

If you need an adrenaline rush before the cyclists gear up for the delayed 2020 race, we've got you covered. 

 

FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES

I Live, I Breathe, I Surf

2015
Australia
 
Feel the passion of Indigenous surfing focusing on some of the contenders at the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles in 2015.

 

MOVIES SET IN THE WORLD OF SPORT  

Save Your Legs!

M
Australia, 2012
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Boyd Hicklin
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, David Lyons, Stephen Curry, Brendan Cowell, Damon Gameau
What's it about?
In a desperate bid to wind back the clock and cling to his childhood dreams, Teddy (Stephen Curry) leads his best mates and their cricket club on an tour of India.

 

Offside

PG
Iran, 2006
Genre: Comedy
Language: Farsi
Director: Jafar Panahi
What's it about?
Tehran, and possibly the whole of Iran, is galvanised by a match to be played at the Azadi stadium between Bahrain and Iran, the victor of which will qualify for the World Cup. Although women are banned from watching, a number, undeterred, attempt to buy tickets and enter disguised as men. Half a dozen of them are apprehended and delivered into the hands of the authorities, in this case a group of soldiers more interested in the match and their approaching leave than in the women's misdemeanour. Similarly, most of the women are feisty, and manage to give the soldiers as good as they get. Meanwhile, the game commences, and captors and captives all find themselves caught up in the excitement. Filmed during the actual Iran versus Bahrain match in Tehran in 2005.

‘Offside’.

 

The World's Fastest Indian

PG
[country], 2005
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: [language]
Director: Roger Donaldson
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Iain Rea, Craig Hall
What's it about?
After a lifetime of perfecting his classic Indian motorcycle, Burt Munro (Anthony Hopkins) set off from the bottom of the world to test his bike at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. With all odds against him, he set a new speed record and captured the spirit of his times.

The World's Fastest Indian Review

 

The Damned United

M
United Kingdom, 2009
Genre: Sport, Drama
Language: [language]
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Stephen Graham, Timothy Spall, Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent
What's it about?
The confrontational and darkly humorous story of Brian Clough’s doomed 44-day tenure as manager of the reigning champions of English football, Leeds United. Off the back of their most successful period ever as a football club, Leeds was perceived by many to represent a new aggressive and cynical style of football - an anathema to the principled yet flamboyant Brian Clough, who had achieved astonishing success as manager of Hartlepool and Derby County building teams in his own vision with trusty lieutenant, Peter Taylor. Taking the Leeds job without Taylor by his side, with a changing room full of what in his mind were still Don’s boys, would lead to an unheralded examination of Clough’s belligerence and brilliance over 44 days.

The Damned United Review

 

The Cup

G
Bhutan, 1999
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Language: [language]
Director:
Starring: Orgyen Tobgyal, Neten Chokling, Jamyang Lodro, Lama Chonjor, Lama Godhi, Kunsang Nyima, Pema Tshundup, Dzigar Kongtrul, Dhan Pat Singh
What's it about?
Based on a true story, a rebellious young Tibetan monk becomes the ringleader in the covert operation to enable fellow monks to catch a glimpse of the football World Cup on television, thus attracting the wrath of their superiors.

The Cup review: Extraordinary turns from real-life monks

 

Jappeloup

MA15+
France, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English, French
Director:
Starring: Guillaume Canet, Daniel Auteuil, Marina Hands, Tcheky Karyo
What's it about?
A true sports story that utterly defies the odds, Duguay’s film captures the wild ups and downs of the Olympics-bound career of legendary equine star Jappeloup and his troubled rider, locked in a tense relationship with his horseman father and forever uncertain of his own skills as an equestrian.

 

Watch the Tour de France from August 29 - September 20, nightly on SBS. TV start times vary, but coverage of most stages kicks off from 8:30pm or 9:30pm AEST. 

Catch up on the overnight action with hour-long highlights most mornings at 7am and again at 5pm on SBS TV . A replay will be available on SBS On Demand shortly after each stage, and on SBS TV most days from 11am.

For more detail on how to watch, go here.

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