New Realities / World premiere

The Battle of the Sexes

  • James Erskine, Zara Hayes /
  • UK /
  • 2013 /
  • 90 mins

Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Bobby Riggs, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova / Documentary / English

‘I wasn’t just playing for myself. This was for everybody.’


James Erskine, Zara Hayes

James Erskine is a filmmaker and television director. His award-winning work includes the micro budget feature film EMR; the FX television feature drama Oil Storm, winner of the Golden Eagle at the 2005 cine awards; and The Human Face with John Cleese, a co-production between the BBC and TLC nominated for a Primetime Emmy in 2002. As well as directing independent film and documentary, he has directed an array of episodic drama for the BBC. Zara Hayes has directed narrative documentaries for a range of broadcasters and audiences. She recently completed the feature-length documentary film 12-Year-Old Lifer, a US-UK co-production between Channel 4 and A&E. Previous credits include Travels With My Family for BBC Two’s high-profile Wonderland strand and The Seven Ages of Love for Channel 4, nominated for the Grierson Best Newcomer Award.

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  • #1 Iain Leheny / Sunday 23 June, 2013 / 21:17 GMT

    Didn't know much about this story beforehand but it's a great topic for a film. TBOTS covers the background and the game itself, and there are plenty of interviews with the big tennis players of the day. An interesting snapshot of the prejudices of not so long ago, it's amazing how much things have changed in a relatively short time.

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