• Wimbledon Champ Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs announcing their Battle of the Sexes match after he earlier beat Margaret Court in a similar match in 1973 (AAP)Source: AAP
Here's a first look at Emma Stone and Steve Carrell in sports biopic "Battle of the Sexes". Why wait for the movie - watch the original documentary on the famous 1973 clash, now on SBS On Demand.
By
Zela

Source:
Reuters, SBS Movies
20 Apr 2016 - 11:34 AM  UPDATED 20 Apr 2016 - 11:34 AM
Starring Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carrell as Bobby Riggs, the film, like the original documentary with the same name, documents the famous "Battle of the Sexes" 1973 fully televised exhibition match in Houston, Texas. 
 
The film will also focus on the personal struggles both faced off the court.  
 
While the match was a bit of a circus, it was unique in that it started a world wide conversation about equality in tennis. When King discovered her male colleagues were paid greater prize money for matches, she led a campaign to demanding equal pay for play. The documentary follows this fight and the effect it had not just on sport but how women were seen during the 1970s. 

Prior to the Billie Jean King battle, Bobby Riggs similarly goaded Australian Margaret Court into a grudge match which he won in California. 

NO SPOILERS on who won this match though, watch the documentary now. 

Watch the original documentary now at SBS On Demand (click on the image):

The Battle of the Sexes

Movie Review: click here

PG
UK, 2013
Director: James Erskine