Saturday, 26 October 2013 11:45

British Classic Film This Sporting Life

This Sporting Life 1.
© Words Matteo Sedazzari

Based on the 1960 novel of the same title by Wakefield born and bred David Storey, a writer and former Rugby League player, drawing on his past experiences, to produce a masterpiece fit for the cinema. In addition, This Sporting Life was the directorial debut of Lindsey Anderson in 1963, who would only go on to direct a further seven feature films, including the cult British classic films If,  O Lucky Man and Britannia Hospital, all starring Malcolm McDowell in different incarnations of the rebellious Mick Travis. 
Published in Film Archive


During the current clamour to re-appraise everything from the British sex comedy to the career of Sid James. There is one area of home-grown cinema which has remained neglected by the Sight And Sound, Ross Brothers and the Reynolds & Hearn axis. Namely the school of savage sub-Bunuelian satire which ran from about 1968-73. Lindsay Andersons vigo-influenced If, advocated teenage rebellion in a post-Paris riots culture, Peter Medaks’ The Ruling Class depicted the House Of Lords as a place literally filled with skeletons, rotting corpses and zombies, and Kevin Billingtons’ The Rise And Rise Of Michael Rimmer gave us Tony Blair 25 years before the event.
Published in Film Archive

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