The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius Trailer

“Why would a man kill a woman that he loves?” ESPN has revealed an official trailer for the latest “30 for 30” documentary The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius, about the infamous Olympic runner. It will always be one of the most shocking stories in the history of sports; An international hero who had inspired millions with his determination and refusal to be denied the chance he felt he deserved—suddenly in the midst of a murder investigation. And the circus that ensued around the tragedy made just as many headlines as his initial rise to glory. That is the tale of Oscar Pistorius, a saga told definitively in director Daniel Gordon’s four-part “30 for 30” film The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius. Featuring interviews with more than a dozen of the figures closest to the story, the film covers the entire case, the heartrending trial, the media frenzy that surrounded it all, and ultimately the conviction that leaves him in jail to this day. A very chilling story told by a master doc filmmaker. It can be watched in four “parts”, or as one full 5.5 hour film.

Here’s the official trailer for Daniel Gordon’s doc The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius, on YouTube:

The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius Poster

Beginning with the confusing, stunning turn of events on February 14th, 2013, when Pistorius’s girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot in his home in Pretoria, South Africa, the film flashes back to chronicle his incredible rise as a toddler who had both his undeveloped legs amputated to overnight teen phenomenon at the 2004 Athens Paralympics. Shattering records and convention, the “Blade Runner” then went on a quest to compete against able-bodied athletes at the Olympics, one that ultimately concluded triumphantly at the 2013 London Games. But less than a year later, he’d be in a South African courtroom, accused of murdering Steenkamp after an argument. While every twist and turn of the case riveted the world, the backdrop made it all the more fascinating: a young man of privilege born into a newly post-Apartheid South Africa, representing the hope of a new way forward for his country, only to be upended by an incident of gun violence that has long plagued the nation’s society. The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius is directed by acclaimed Australian doc filmmaker Daniel Gordon, director of the doc films The Game of Their Lives, A State of Mind, Crossing the Line, Match 64, Don’t Look Down, The Fall, and Australian Dream previously, plus other “30 for 30” episodes. ESPN will debut Gordon’s The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius as a mini-series starting on September 27th (or watch the entire 339-minute film in one sitting).

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