The Fall

The Fall

Daniel Gordon (2016)

12A Certificate


Our Score
You forget just how vulnerable, just how bewildered South African teenager Zola Budd was when she arrived in the UK clutching a gleaming new fast-tracked British passport to compete under our flag at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Vulnerable, bewildered and exploited. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, her heroine Mary Decker was trying her best to avoid all the hype that was building around their meeting in the inaugural 3000m for women. Most will remember the calamitous outcome, but what this brilliantly executed and compelling documentary does is not just bring the two athletes back together for the first time since that fateful August day, but also look at the rubble-strewn route these precocious talents took to get to the starting line. The filmed reconciliation is a joyful one, but as Budd acknowledges, the legacy of the race has lasted a lifetime. "I don't think either of us had a fair chance of ever achieving what we wanted to do."


Documentary exploring the controversial sporting moment when South African barefoot runner Zola Budd and American track and field athlete Mary Decker raced at the 1984 Olympics, as the pair meet for the first time since the encounter.

Cast & Crew

Mary Slaney Mary Slaney
Zola Pieterse Zola Pieterse
Brooks Johnson Brooks Johnson
Richard Slaney Richard Slaney
Ruth Wysocki Ruth Wysocki
Sam Ramsamy Sam Ramsamy
Neil Wilson Neil Wilson (2)
Director Daniel Gordon
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Picturehouse EntertainmentGuidance: Swearing.Released on: 27 Jul 2016