The most fascinating stories in history are often the ones which have remained untold, which is why Netflix has decided to blow the lid off a couple in the realm of sports for our viewing pleasure. Appropriately titled Untold, the docuseries examines lesser known perspectives about well known events and figures over the course of five feature-length episodes dropped weekly.
“Each film kicks off at a pivotal moment — the big fight, the Olympics, the playoffs — and then delves deep into what happened beyond the headlines, as told by those who lived it, to reveal the grit, resilience, heartbreak, triumph, violence, comedy, and pathos beneath the sweat,” reads the official series description, as per Netflix.
“Whether it’s the famous ‘Malice at the Palace‘ Pacers-Pistons brawl finally being unraveled by those who were on the inside… Olympian Caitlyn Jenner reflecting on her journey to winning gold… boxer Christy Martin in the fight of her life outside the ring… professional tennis player Mardy Fish opening up about his struggles with mental health… or a misfit band of hockey players known as the Trashers taking orders from the teenage son of an alleged mob boss, Untold gets to the heart of the passion and single mindedness it takes to be a champion and the ways in which the triumphs can be undone off the field.”
Helmed by Chapman & Maclein Way – the cinematic talents behind yet another hit Netflix docuseries about the Rajneeshpuram cult, Wild Wild Country – here’s a breakdown of each episode title and their respective directors:
- Untold: Crime and Penalties – Way Brothers
- Untold: Breaking Point – Way Brothers
- Untold: Malice at the Palace – Floyd Russ
- Untold: Deal with the Devil – Laura Brownson
- Untold: Caitlyn Jenner – Crystal Moselle
“Sports is a great unifier in our country,” says Chapman & Maclain Way.
“It crosses politics. It permeates culture. We’ve tried to separate it as its own industry, but just like art and film, it’s so pervasive it generates a wide discussion amongst people.”
“We chose these stories by asking ourselves this question: Is this the single most important thing that happened in this person’s life?'”
“What we’ve found doing documentaries is if you’re sitting down with someone and the event that you are interviewing them about was the most pivotal and important thing that happened to them, you are going to walk away with really fascinating insights into their lives, that have a sense of a narrative built in — a beginning, middle, and end.”
The first instalment of Untold will be available to stream via Netflix starting from August 10th.