One of the finest British films ever made, this benchmark of "kitchen-sink realism" follows the self-defeating professional and romantic pursuits of a miner turned rugby player eking out an existence in drab Yorkshire. With an astonishing, raging performance by a young Richard Harris, an equally blistering turn by fellow Oscar nominee Rachel Roberts as the widow with whom he lodges, and electrifying direction by Lindsay Anderson, in his feature-film debut following years of documentary work, This Sporting Life remains a dramatic powerhouse.
Audio commentary featuring Paul Ryan, editor of Never Apologise: The Collected Writings of Lindsay Anderson, and David Storey, screenwriter and author of This Sporting Life
Lindsay Anderson: Lucky Man? (2004), a short documentary from BBC Scotland featuring interviews with many of the director's friends and collaborators
New video interview with Anderson's first producer and close friend Lois Sutcliffe Smith
Meet the Pioneers (1948), Anderson's first film, a documentary short about a mining engineering firm
Wakefield Express (1952), an early documentary by Anderson about the town that later served as the setting for This Sporting Life
Is That All There Is? (1992), Anderson's autobiographical final film