Football fans wondering what to do once the Women’s World Cup is over can be reassured that there’s something to fill the weeks until the new season begins: Amazon’s new documentary series This Is Football.
The six-part series will explore the emotions, stories, passions and triumphs at the heart of the world’s most loved sport. This is Football is produced by leading British indie October Films, in collaboration with pre-eminent Spanish TV and film production house Brutal Media, and Starbucks for Amazon Prime Video.
This Is Football unpacks the unique phenomenon that grips and unifies billions of people from every corner of the globe. Across the episodes universal themes of the human experience are explored: Redemption – football’s uplifting role in rebuilding the soul of Rwanda after the genocide, Belief – the inspirational rise of women’s football and two teams who gave everything to make it happen, Chance – the agony and the ecstasy of the fates that humble champions and keep every fan believing in the impossible, Love – four stories from every corner of the earth where the love of the game transcends adversity, Pride – how Iceland’s football Vikings take on the world and give every underdog hope, and Wonder – unlocking the secrets of Lionel Messi’s genius and the global delight of watching him play.
The series is written and co-created by award-winning foreign correspondent and sports author John Carlin (Invictus), based on an original idea by Carlin and Raimon Masllorens. The films are directed by a team of award winning directors and producers led by Creative Director James Erskine (Le Mans: Racing is Everything) and Series Executive Producer Jos Cushing (Walking The Americas). The series is scored by Grammy Award-winning and Emmy-nominated composer Lorne Balfe (Inception).
Filmed across the world from Iceland to Argentina, Spain to Rwanda, China to the United States, and including a glittering cast of characters from legendary players to presidents, poets to priests, managers to mathematicians, This is Football creates a global portrait of the game and humanity itself. It joins Prime Video’s growing stable of sports docu-series and live sports, including All Or Nothing: Manchester City, forthcoming live and exclusive Premier League football matches, US Open Tennis and ATP World Tour Tennis events in the UK, and NFL games.
“The universal appeal of football is something we know resonates strongly with the Amazon Prime Video audience worldwide, so I’m delighted that we are able to bring this fascinating six-part series of unique stories about the world’s most talked about sport exclusively to Prime Video,” says Vernon Sanders, Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios. “We’re thrilled to add This Is Football to our stable of award-winning docu-series and live sports for Prime Video audiences around the world.”
The series will launch on Friday 2nd August.