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Battle of the Sexes

  • Harris Academy South Norwood 2 Cumberlow Avenue London SE25 6AE (map)

Dirs. Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton • 2017 • USA • 122 mins • Cert 12A

Can’t wait for Wimbledon? Get your tennis fix early with the inspiring story of Billie Jean King, the headstrong sportswoman who changed women’s tennis forever.

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the 1973 tennis match between women's tennis champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and former men’s champion and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the Battle of the Sexes.

As the rivalry between Billie and Bobby kicked in, both of them were fighting more personal and complex battles off the court. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, fighted his gambling addiction, at the expense of his family.

Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions that continue to echo today.

Plus short film "15/Love" by Mariana Serapicos, the story of young Adam, a tennis fan and imaginary tennis athlete who has to face the difficulties of a playing a real match.

**Get your game on and take centre court with our very own table tennis tournament before the film! Free to compete but spaces are limited, so email us to sign-up.**


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