This Sporting Life

This Sporting Life

Aggressive coal miner Frank (Richard Harris) is recruited for the local rugby team after a pub brawl shows off his physical prowess. Off the field he is little better, carrying on an abusive relationship with the widowed Margaret (Rachel Roberts) and unwittingly allowing himself to be a pawn of his sponsors’ whims, until tragedy strikes. Anderson’s debut feature marked the pinnacle of the British New Wave and the beginning of a unique cinematic voice.

WINNER: Best Actor Cannes, 1963. Best Actress BAFTAs, 1964.

Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive

This Sporting Life

About a man greater than ordinary men

  • Director: Lindsay Anderson
  • Year: 1963
  • Run Time: 127 mins
  • Format: 16mm
  • Country: UK
  • Rating: M