What to Watch on Kayo
Kayo may be considered one of the best when it comes to live sports, but they also know how to throw out a decent sports documentary thanks to their links with Foxtel and ESPN. This month they have a great range of documentaries available to watch on demand for the real sports fan.
1. Rodman: For Better or Worse
Dennis Rodman was one of the NBA’s most extrovert stars during his playing days when he won 5 NBA championships with the Pistons and the Bulls. This documentary taps perfectly into this complex man, who often made as many headlines off the court as on it. Read more.
Lance Armstrong rocked the cycling world after beating testicular cancer to become a 7-time Tour De France winner. Doping was rife within the sport at the time, and for many years Armstrong denied that he was using performance-enhancing drugs. But that all changed when he came clean live on Oprah. Read more.
3. Ablett: One Special Season
In the early 1990s, Gary Ablett Senior had seemingly fallen out of love with AFL. So much so that in 1992, after a season of injuries and personal problems, he decided to call it a day. But, in 1993, Gary was offered a different role in his beloved Geelong team, in a different position – and what followed was one of the most phenomenal seasons for an individual player in AFL history.
4. Fanning: Lightning Strikes Thrice
In 2013, Mick Fanning only needed to make it to the semi-finals at Pipe to become a World Champion for the third time. This documentary not only shows what happened on that memorable day but also shows Mick’s scintillating form throughout the year on some of the world’s best waves. Read more.
This two-part 30 for 30 documentary explores the fall and rise of quarterback Michael Vick. It’s a celebration of an against all odds talent who went from poverty in West Virginia to signing a multi-million dollar contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. The documentary explores all of the life-changing chapters in Vick’s life, from his superstar performances at college to his 21-month prison sentence in 2007.
6. Chasing Tyson
Evander Holyfield dominated the Cruiserweight division before stepping up to Heavyweight. But he knew that the only way he would gain respect was to take on a certain ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson. This documentary, a part of ESPN’s 30 For 30 series, follows Holyfield’s attempts to get to Tyson in the ring, and create one of the biggest fights of the century. Read more.
7. November 16th – The Night Australian Football Changed Forever
When John Aloisi scored from the penalty spot for the Socceroos against Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier, it would change the course of Australian football forever. For many years the national soccer team had failed, failed and failed again to reach the finals of a World Cup. But on November 16th, 2005, everything changed!
8. Long Gone Summer
This 30 for 30 documentary is about the 1998 home-run chase of Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire. These two baseball heavyweights blasted home runs for fun and broke records left, right and centre. Split into two parts, the doco follows the two supremely talented players who not only changed their sport, but also the society they lived in.
9. OJ Made In America
Just when you thought you know the story of OJ Simpson inside out, a documentary comes along that changes everything. OJ Made In America looks a little bit deeper into the real OJ Simpson, and ultimately questions the ongoing issues that the United States has with race. This doco was so well received upon release that it won Best Documentary at the 89th Academy Awards.
10. Be Water
When Bruce Lee struggled to win over Hollywood execs for his later movies, he decided to move to Hong Kong, where he created four films before his premature death. This 30 for 30 documentary from ESPN explores that period, and with archive footage shows just how closely the narratives within the films reflected Lee’s personal life and his creative struggles.