THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES

By James ERSKINE, Zara HAYES

NEW BLACK FILMS - as PROD

LGBT - Completed 2013

Billie Jean King vs Bobby Riggs. Women's liberation activist versus self-confessed chauvinist pig. This is the inside story of the Battle of the Sexes match, the most watched game of tennis in history.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • LGBT, Social issues, Documentary
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM
    • Director(s)
    • James ERSKINE, Zara HAYES
    • Writer(s)
    • James ERSKINE
    • Producer(s)
    • Victoria GREGORY (New Black Films), James ERSKINE (New Black Films)
    • Synopsis
    • A fascinating insight into the events leading up to the 1973 ‘Battle of the Sexes’ tennis match between retired men’s champ Bobby Riggs and the current women’s Wimbledon winner Billie Jean King, still the most watched tennis match ever.

      It was a match made in heaven: she was the darling of American tennis, an outspoken activist against sexism in sport and society; he was the charismatic, fast-talking, hustling, chauvinist showman. Their unlikely ‘courtship’, in the midst of a social revolution, captured the imaginations of people around the world, empowered a generation, and changed sport forever.

      "...this riveting documentary will have you on the edge of your seat as a civil rights battle is played out on court."
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