Media Coverage for Women's Sport
“The best sports films are about so much more than sports. Done well, a sports film has a magnetic power that transcends any single event and becomes a universally relatable drama, enabling both hardcore fans, everyday moviegoers, and sports junkies to get swept away together. It might be one small man’s dream to play college football (Rudy), the shame of a scandal (Eight Men Out), an underdog horse (Seabiscuit), or a young baseball player squaring off against the racism of his time (today’s new release, 42) — but on the big screen, these stories are something that anyone can connect with.
But the sports genre is almost entirely (and unfairly) the domain of men. Few sports movies get made about athletic women, and when they do, they’re fictional tales, like Gurinder Chadha’sBend It Like Beckham (soccer) or Drew Barrymore’s Whip It (roller derby). As far as Hollywood is concerned, there aren’t many real female athletes; it’s been more than 20 years since A League of Their Own hit theaters, and 2011’s Soul Surfer was more concerned with Bethany Hamilton’s faith than the athleticism of a young woman who returned to surfing even after losing her arm to a shark.
There are countless fierce, talented, fascinating, and inspirational women in sports history — Sports Illustrated for Women named 100 not so long ago — whose experiences could be adapted into riveting films. These women have stories that are ripe for the telling; they’ve set world records, won piles of Olympic medals, beaten down debilitating afflictions — one even became a spy. So listen up, Hollywood: Here are 11 female athletes worthy of their own sports biopics (and since these are a mere fraction of the stories worth telling, feel free to add your picks in the comments):”
To read the rest of this article click here.