2 items from 2012
A documentary about Bobby Fischer has won a top prize at the Grierson Trust's British Documentary Awards. Bobby Fischer Against the World chronicled the life of the chess grandmaster until his death in 2008. It was awarded the 'Best Cinema Documentary' trophy at the ceremony in London, hosted by Grayson Perry. BBC Two's film about author Terry Pratchett and assisted suicide was awarded the 'Best Contemporary UK Documentary'. 'Best Series' went to BBC Two's Protecting Our Children, a programme that focused on social workers in Bristol. The awards were dedicated to Scottish director John Grierson, and marked its 40th anniversary this year. Entries for the awards needed to have had the first UK screening between May 1, 2011 and April 30, 2012 to be considered for an award. Judging (more) »
- By Tom Eames
Directed by Liz Garbus.
A documentary about arguably the greatest chess player of the 20th Century.
Bobby Fischer cuts an awkward figure. Even at the chessboard he seems to be in pain, sitting lopsided to the right, his torso sharply angled into the chair and his head supported by an open palm. If Bobby didn’t appear so deadly serious, you could slap a moustache above his top lip and call him Groucho.
The muscles in his face visibly tense as he attempts to smile in television interviews. In one he sweats so profusely that beads spot across his forehead.
But for all his social retardation, you can’t help but admire his passion and the way his mind whirs when observing the black and white pieces in front of him, calculating moves at a rate beyond most human comprehension. But that mind was fragile as well as formidable. »
2 items from 2012
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