Previously at the ICA - Films
2 Nov 2014
This screening of Fair Play will be followed by a discussion about politics, sports and the arts with director Andrea Sedláčková and anti-doping expert Michele Verroken, moderated by Pat Butcher.
Anna, a talented young sprinter, is training for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Following official instructions, she takes anabolic steroids masked as prescribed vitamins to boost her performance. When she finds out she risks everything by refusing to continue, forcing her dissident mother, who sees the Olympics as Anna‘s escape route, to conspire against her...
Highlighting the Eastern Block policy of doping athletes, Sedláčková provides a powerful account of how the Communist regime sought to control lives and the resulting moral dillemmas.
In collaboration with the Birds Eye View Festival.
Andrea Sedláčková is a Czech film director, editor and screenwriter. She studied scriptwriting at FAMU, emigrated to France in 1989 and studied direction and editing at FEMIS (former IDHEC) in Paris. While working mainly on editing in France, since 1991 she has made a number of documentaries for Czech television and shot several films. Sedláčková has just completed her latest film, the documentary Life According to Václav Havel, which will premiere in November 2014.
Michele Verroken is the founding director of Sporting Integrity and former Director of Ethics and Anti-Doping at UK Sport. She is an expert in anti-doping programmes, who has designed current internationally-accepted standards for doping control and created the UK's Drug Information Database and national anti-doping policy.
Pat Butcher is the former Athletics Correspondent for the Financial Times and The Times, and a broadcaster with BBCTV, Channel 4 and BskyB. He is the author of The Perfect Distance (on the rivalry between Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett), which is being made into a film by the BBC. He is currently researching a book on the great Czech athlete, Emil Zátopek.
Fair Play, dir. Andrea Sedláčková, CZ/SK/DE 2014, 100 min. English subtitles, cert. 15
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