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Zero to Hero: Survival of the Fittest

The English Channel is the most frequented waterway in the world. Each day, more than 500 ships cross its 33 kilometres. There are also a handful of people who consider the Channel their own personal Mt Everest - which is not a bad analogy, until you realise that many more people climb Mt Everest ... Read more
Think you've got what it takes to loom large on the international competitive eating circuit' Like Crazy Legs Conti - a legend in his own lunchbox - you'll have to slurp down 34 dozen oysters at Mardi Gras in New Orleans to even qualify! This five-course, set-menu documentary follows the rise of a ... Read more
Jeff Bowden's mud-streaked documentary follows a championship season of world-class Street Stocks. This is the bottom class of American dirt-track auto racing, played out in all its beer-bellied glory at the legendary Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas. The film is a study of the ... Read more
Erika Schinegger was the 1966 women's downhill skiing world champion. She was a popular figure; Austrian athlete of the year, she was a farm girl with a no-nonsense attitude, a funny haircut and a deep voice. In 1967, a urine test decreed that genetically she was a man, and her career came to an ... Read more
Brazil's great secret for dominating world football is hardly a secret at all. Brazilian football players have 'ginga' - a fluid style of movement that raises ball skill to an art form. Ginga is not just restricted to dribbling, passing and scoring, and it's not just about football; it's about ... Read more
Tara is 13. She likes to go to the mall and wrestle boys. She only has one more year to do it in, because after that Texas law says she's too old to compete with males! Girl Wrestler is an intriguing portrait of Tara's struggle to be recognised as a serious athlete in a US state that says her ... Read more
During one of the high-wire performances featured in [Kings of the Sky], witnesses speak of star acrobat Adil Hoxur disappearing into a cloudbank for 20 minutes... while walking along a cable suspended between two mountains in the Taklamakan Desert, western China! The documentary follows tightrope ... Read more
"It's more than learning the steps... it's etiquette... it's life," says Louise Verdemare, principal of the kids at PS 112. ... [Mad Hot Ballroom] turns the lens on ballroom dancing 'tweens' from three New York public schools. It's an inspirational and endearing look at kids from a wide range of ... Read more
First released in 1978, the near-forgotten classic surf movie [Many Classic Moments] all but disappeared after its successful initial screenings. Now it's back, better than ever, a remastered time capsule by Australian Gary Capo that celebrates the corporate-free and totally mellow surf culture of ... Read more
Somewhere between rugby and the demolition derby is 'murderball'. This is a bone-crushing game of rugby on wheels played by teams of men with limited function in all limbs. ... This riveting documentary chronicles the battle between the US Paralympic Rugby team and Team Canada, who ultimately slug ... Read more
It was 1962, when "even Liberace was thought to be straight". On a Saturday night, boxer and hat designer Emile Griffith was fighting champion Benny 'The Kid' Paret in a grudge match at Madison Square Garden. Prior to the bout, Paret taunted Griffith with the explosive word maricon - Spanish for ... Read more
Meet Mark 'The Smashing Machine' Kerr, the undisputed, unstoppable champion of the world's most savage sport. No-holds-barred 'ultimate fighting' gained massive popularity in the US, even out-rating boxing and pro-wrestling, until it was banned in the mid-1990s. ... With an inhuman capacity for ... Read more
North Korea's Mass Games event is the largest choreographed spectacle in the world. Celebrated annually, it is a mind-blowing gymnastic tribute to the zealous ideology of the state and the greatness of the North's past and present leaders. An intricately choreographed display of tens of thousands ... Read more
"Even those with a passing knowledge of the tumultuous career of the first black heavyweight boxing champion will be amazed at the depth and range of detail in Ken Burns' irresistibly engrossing study of a 'self-defined man' who behaved as though prejudice didn't exist and enraged most of the white ... Read more
Yao Ming is Houston's big man of basketball. The Houston Rockets drafted the seven-foot, six-inch Chinese national in 2002, amid considerable skepticism from the NBA hoops experts. [The Year of the Yao] follows this new giant of the sport through one of the most exciting rookie debut years that ... Read more
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