Battle of the Sexes (12A)

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Battle of the Sexes (12A)

USA/2017/121mins/12A. Dir: Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton. With: Emma Stone, Steve Carrell, Bill Pullman, Sara Silverman

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the 1973 tennis match between women's World best Billie Jean King and ex-men’s champion and serial hustler Bobby Riggs became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was struggling to come to terms with her sexuality and Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today. 

Audio Description avaiable on all screenings and Soft Subtitles avaiable on selected screenings. To see which screenings have Soft Subtitles, click "Book Tickets" at the top of the page.

"Multi-layered and subtle… emphasis on the whole environment of the match creates a far richer and chewier film than the usual triumphant sports drama."
The Telegraph

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