ESPN will air the documentary series The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius, which has been in production for several years.
The four-part 30 For 30 series will be available weekly from Thursday Nov. 19 at 20:00 [CAT on ESPN — DStv 218] with repeats each Sunday at 20:00 from Nov. 22. The series will also be available on DStv Catch Up, as well as the ESPN Player App.
Directed by BAFTA award-winner Daniel Gordon [“Hillsborough,” “George Best: All By Himself”] and produced by Academy Award-winner John Battsek [“Searching for Sugarman,” “One Day in September”], the documentary is the story of the South African Paralympic sprinter and international hero, who had stirred millions with his determination and dedication — and who was then unexpectedly at the centre of a murder enquiry.
“The story of Oscar Pistorius is remarkable in its complexity. It’s at once inspirational and harrowing, and provides a lens of insight into a breadth of issues – from gender-based violence to disability rights, racial inequality and media frenzy,” commented Gordon.
“My hope is that the film gives audiences additional context and layers to a story they think they know.”
Featuring interviews with more than a dozen of the figures closest to the story, the documentary series recounts Pistorius’s fall from grace after killing his girlfriend, Steenkamp, on February 2013 in his home in Pretoria, South Africa.