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Oscar Pistorius film to be introduced to distributors at Cannes

A documentary on Olympic-hero-turned-convicted-murderer, Oscar Pistorius, is headed for Cannes 2016 to pick up distributors.

world cinema Updated: May 06, 2016 13:34 IST
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A documentary feature titled Pistorius is being directed by British filmmaker Vaughan Sivell.(AP)

A documentary feature titled Pistorius on the Olympic-hero-turned-convicted-murderer Oscar Pistorius will be introduced to distributors at Cannes in May. Content Media, a London and LA-based company that distributes film, television and digital content, has bagged the international sales rights. The film follows the rise and fall of the inspiring sportsperson and now a convicted murderer, reported Variety.

Vaughan Sivell of Mr Calzaghe fame is directing the film and is producing with Sean Richard for Western Edge Pictures and the Gennaker Group. The film is still in production.

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Pistorius is described as Making a Murderer meets Senna - a riveting true-crime story about a beloved sports icon.

At the 2012 Olympics, South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, also known as The Blade Runner, made history by becoming the first double-amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympics. He was one of the world’s most successful sportsmen, and an inspiration to millions.

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Not even a year later, on Valentine’s Day in February 2013, Pistorius was arrested and charged for the murder of his girlfriend, South African model Reeva Steenkamp.

Read: Oscar Pistorius guilty of murdering girlfriend, says South Africa court

The trial of Pistorius placed South Africa and its problems under the media spotlight. The talismanic Olympian and Mandela’s Rainbow Nation are almost the same age, having both been born with so many challenges and achieved so much against the odds.

But now Pistorius is a convicted murderer, in a country that is riven with segregation, violent crime and corruption.

“The film will seek to discover whether the image we have of them both is the truth,” Content said.

First Published: May 06, 2016 13:34 IST