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This Sporting Life Directed by Lindsay Anderson, on general release from 5th June Q&A with screenwriter David Storey at London’s ICA, 3rd June

A bookmaker would give long odds against This Sporting Life looking good now. Northern realist movies—a genre for which Lindsay Anderson’s 1963 version of David Storey’s novel was a cheerleader—risk seeming dated because they came from a precise moment of change in society and culture, and clichéd because they spawned so many imitations. In this case, there’s also the hurdle that sporting action is difficult to simulate dramatically.

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