11 Awesome sport doccies to stream this weekend!

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Even if you’re not a massive sports fan,  there are so many extraordinary stories from the sports world out there that makes for compelling viewing. What does it take to become a legend, sometimes only to fall from grace? The sacrifices ordinary people make to rise above it all and become the icons we got to know, love or hate. Most of these stories serve as inspiration for our own lives but it also serves as life lessons, warnings and early warning systems.

You don’t need to know basketball to grasp Kobe  Bryant’s legacy or have an interest in the sport of swimming to learn something from Michael Phelps. Hell, I  think golf is most boring sport on earth, but we all know who Tiger Woods is and that we can learn a lot of things from him.  Today’s streaming suggestions covers a wide range of sport disciplines – there is boxing, a lot of cricket, running, rowing, swimming, basketball and more.

Kobe – The Life of a Legend 
Kobe Bryant passed away just over a year ago in a tragic and controversial helicopter crash in California. He was one of the greatest basketball players of all time. His life and legacy will be celebrated for lifetimes to come. This documentary examines basketball champion and the life of a legend.

The Uncle : The Hugh Bladen Story
Blessed with a wonderful voice, he brought great knowledge, humour, timing and warmth to his commentaries. A famous raconteur, he also became a popular staple on the after-dinner speaking circuit and grew into “the uncle” we all know and love. Celebrating Hugh Bladen, SA’s voice of rugby. Blades made his TV commentary debut at the SABC in 1976. His voice has enthralled SuperSport viewers since 1994. This doccie actually premieres today and was supposed to be on Showmax Plus, but I think they made a mistake because it is actually available right now on the standard Showmax package.

The Weight of Gold
The Weight of Gold is an HBO Sports documentary exploring the mental health challenges that Olympic athletes often face. The film comes during a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has postponed the 2020 Tokyo Games — the first such postponement in Olympic history — and greatly exacerbated mental health issues.

The film seeks to inspire discussion about mental health issues, encourage people to seek help, and highlight the need for readily available support. It features accounts from Olympic athletes who share their own struggles with mental health issues, including Michael Phelps, Apolo Ohno, Shaun White, Lolo Jones, Gracie Gold, Katie Uhlaender, Bode Miller, David Boudia, Jeremy Bloom, Sasha Cohen, and, posthumously, Steven Holcomb and Jeret “Speedy” Peterson (via his mother, Linda Peterson).

Tiger is out of the woods after his car accident in which he broke his leg and shattered his ankle just over a month ago. Now that we could finally crack a kak joke, watch his documentary, simply called Tiger.  HBO presents an intimate portrait of Tiger Woods, telling the real story of his road to riches and fame, which led him on to ruin and, finally, redemption. Tiger is a two-part documentary offering a revealing look at the rise, fall, and epic comeback of global icon Tiger Woods. The series paints an intimate picture of the prodigy whose dedication and obsession with the game of golf not only took his fame and success to new heights, but also down a dark, spiraling road that eventually led to a legendary sports comeback, culminating in his victory at the 2019 Masters.

Minimal Margins SA at the CWC
You’re going to need some hair on your teeth, especially if you still haven’t forgiven the Proteas for every time they choked in a world cup semi-final. This doccie series of seven episodes takes a look at the Proteas’ previous Cricket World Cup tournaments from 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015. I distinctly remember how pissed off I was in each of those years.

What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali
One of the most iconic figures in athletic history, Muhammad Ali’s incredible story from world champion boxer to inspiring social activist is explored through his own voice and never-before-seen archival material. Filmmaker Antoine Fuqua examines the extraordinary life and career of Muhammad Ali – from his days as a champion boxer to his legacy as a social activist and cultural icon.

Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes
A look at the legacy of boxing superstar Muhammad Ali, presented in a new light through footage of his candid appearances on The Dick Cavett Show and his friendship with the iconic host. It is an HBO presentation, so expect only top shelf entertainment.

Run as One
Fokkit, I didn’t know this but the Two Oceans Marathon started with 26 white male runners back in 1970. It has since grown to become a race that brings together more than 25 000 runners from all destinations, cultures and backgrounds and this doccie lays out that journey. I’m deffo’s checking this one out to get to know our country’s history a little bit better.

Beyond the River
Two men from different walks of life are brought together by their bid to win gold in one of the toughest races in the world, the Dusi Canoe Marathon. Beyond the River is a nail-biting adventure story about the triumph of the human spirit. Yet again, a sport I have zero interest in, but I’m a sucker for these “triumph of the human spirit” stuff because I want to achieve some lekkerness as well!

Crossing the Line
So after klapping Minimal Margins SA at the CWC, you can relive the highly controversial 2018 Australian cricket Tour to South Africa if you’re not too pissed of. It looks at those five weeks that rocked the gentleman’s game and captivated the globe. You get to strip your cricket moer again!

Women of Troy
Women of Troy is another awesome HBO Sports documentary and it explores the transcendent career of the Cheryl Miller-led USC Trojans and their impact on women’s basketball. The Women of Troy arrived to the University of Southern California as Title IX’s influence in women’s sports first emerged.

Their ability to overcome adversity on and off the court propelled them into national prominence, winning two national titles and becoming the first women’s collegiate team to visit the Ronald Reagan White House.

The film features a series of first-person interviews with all-time USC greats Cheryl Miller, Cynthia Cooper, Paula and Pam McGee, Juliette Robinson, Rhonda Windham and USC head coach Linda Sharp. It also highlights the Trojans’ showdown with Louisiana Tech at the 1983 national championship and how this pivotal moment in sports history impacted their lives as well as future generations.

Need more streaming goodness? Check out our top 10 list of movies and TV series picks from the Plumlist. It is my to-go-to website when I’m stuck for streaming ideas from Netflix, Showmax and Amazon Prime:
#10. The best series coming to Showmax in 2021
No matter what unfolds on a global level in 2021, one thing’s for sure – there’s an incredible line-up of entertainment heading to Showmax subscribers’ screens. This is the projection for the rest of the year so far – the list will keep being updated as the months go by.
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# 9. Thirteen South African comedy specials to stream online
You won’t be able to laugh hysterically in a crowded comedy club anytime soon, but Showmax has stepped into the gap with an ever-growing comedy catalogue, guaranteed to put a smile on your dial, even in the time of Covid.
On Netflix & Showmax
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#8 Series and movies to stream on Apple TV+ in South Africa
Like its electronic devices, Apple TV+ maintains a superior attitude of slick classiness, making it highly desirable. In the arena with streaming platforms like Netflix, Showmax and Amazon Prime in South Africa, and multiple other on-demand services in the US, Apple TV+ is a relatively new player, having launched at the end of 2019 – but it has some quality content, which is increasing all the time, and the awards committees are taking notes.
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 #7 Nine award-worthy movies to stream in the build-up to the 2021 Oscars
Step right up, folks… step right up! It’s time to roll out the red carpets, polish the golden statuettes, “1, 2… 1, 2” the lapel microphones, put the seat fillers on standby, take a moment’s silence for Joan Rivers and get the popcorn ready… it’s awards season!p!
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#6 Seven women-led titles for your next me-time binge-watch session
It’s March. Easter is looming like a chocolate-filled, diet-smashing monster on the horizon. There’s definitely more of a chill in the air as summer starts to wind down. It was also International Women’s Day on 8 March, and all of these mean it’s the perfect time to binge-watch some of our favourite series and movies with women in the lead roles.
On Netflix & Showmax
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 #5 Eleven movies and series starring Dwayne Johnson
Aside from officially being the highest paid actor in the world, having earned a cool $89.4 million in 2019, he’s also got more than 182 million followers on Twitter, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and around 5 million subscribers on his YouTube channel.
On DStv Now, Netflix & Showmax
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 4# Seven of the best Amazon Original movies to stream on Prime Video
HBO’s dystopian space opera has made waves with its bold vision and sweeping visuals of desolate alien landscapes, all filmed in Cape Town. But it’s not only the gorgeous cinematography, typical of anything Ridley Scott, that’s had fans gripped, eagerly following each episode.
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 #3 The psychotic ego of Mark Hofmann in Murder Among the Mormons
The title of, and the trailer for, this latest three-part Netflix original docuseries is sensationalist and a tad misleading. Yes, there was murder. Yes, Mormons were involved – directly and indirectly
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 #2 The real South African story behind the movie Misbehaviour
Pearl Gladys Jansen was born in Bonteheuwel, Cape Town, in 1950. At the age of 20, she was entered into the Miss World beauty contest, the first woman of colour to represent her country in the pageant. Due to apartheid, however, she competed as Miss Africa South, and was joined by her white counterpart, Jillian Jessup, who wore the Miss South Africa sash.
 On Showmax
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 #1 Twelve movies starring Tom Hanks to watch online
From an episode of The Love Boat in 1980, to Band of Brothers (coming to Showmax on 22 March 2021 – stream the documentary about the real-life band of brothers in the meantime), in which he appeared as well as sharing writing and directing credits, to a cameo in 30 Rock and numerous executive producing roles for television
On Amazon Prime, Netflix & Showmax
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Our randomized trailer pick of the week

Each week we take a number from 1 to 10 from our list of suggestions and put it through a randomizer to choose a trailer to show you. This week it landed on our number 1 spot, Eleven movies and series starring Dwayne Johnson”  and from that list, we’ve selected the 2013 , Michael Bay movie, Pain and Gain:
Based on a true story, “Pain & Gain” follows a group of bodybuilders who engaged in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder in Florida. First told in an article from the “Miami New Times,” “Pain and Gain” will be directed by Bay and will star Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.:

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