The Fall

CTVC Senior producer, Karen Emsley; Emmy-nominated Director, Daniel Gordon and Academy Award-winning Executive Producer, John Battsek unite to present the compelling documentary feature, The Fall.

With over four years in the making, The Fall tells the remarkable story of a South African barefoot runner, an American track and field prodigy and a journey behind the events of one of the most memorable moments in sporting history at the 1984 L.A. Olympics, untold for over 30 years. This film charts the journey from rural South Africa during apartheid and the rolling hills of Southern California to the starting line of the women’s 3000 metres, uncovering a tale of betrayal and exploitation; the blurred lines between politics, media and sport; and the dedication and sacrifice required to compete at the highest level. It’s a story that split governments and divided nations but at its heart is a tale of two young women who just want to run.

"An intriguing look at the ugly, inglorious side to the Olympics." ★★★★The Guardian

"Beautifully shot and brilliantly edited" “An instant medal contender” - The Telegraph

"Brilliantly executed film" - Radio Times

"Mesmeric film detailing the collision course between Mary Decker and Zola Budd." - The Times

"An intriguing look at the ugly, inglorious side to the Olympics." ★★★★

The Guardian
Director Daniel Gordon
Producer Karen Emsley
Executive Producer for Passion Pictures John Battsek
Executive Producer for Sky James Quinn
In Association With
29th June 2016
Grierson 2017

Nominated - Best Single Documentary - International