I was mindful of Reeva's memory: Director talks Oscar Pistorius ESPN docu-series
The docu-series "The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius is directed by BAFTA-award winning director Daniel Gordon.
It's a four-part documentary on the Bladerunner's life which is currently airing on ESPN (DStv channel 218).
Featuring interviews with more than a dozen of the figures closest to the story, the film recounts Pistorius’s fall from grace after killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the wee hours of 14 February 2013 in his home in Pretoria.
Gordon says he approached both the Steenkamp and Pistorius families before developing the docu-series.
He says he was determined to take a fact-based and balanced approached to re-tell the Oscar Pistorius story, featuring interviews with credible journalists and members of both the Pistorius and Steenkamp families.
Gordon says he also interviewed a number of people who had never spoken publicly about the story before. Some of the interviews didn't make it to the final cut.
The UK-based director says he was determined to make sure that Reeva's voice was heard.
He chats to CapeTalk host Sara-Jayne King about the making of the four-year-project.
I just thought the opportunity to tell a story as big as this and as long as this was just too good to turn down. It had so many layers to it.Daniel Gordon, Director
It's much more than a sports story.Daniel Gordon, Director
I was really mindful of Reeva Steenkamp and her memory.Daniel Gordon, Director
There are 65 people that are actually on camera and there are another 55 people that were interviewed who didn't make the cut. We spoke to the same number off the record, for various reasons.Daniel Gordon, Director
I make films primarily about sports personalities, but it's always about the human story.Daniel Gordon, Director
The four-part documentary series premieres weekly from Thursday 19 November at 20:00 on ESPN (DStv 218) with repeats each Sunday at 20:00 from 22 November.
The series will also be available on DStv Catch Up, as well as the ESPN Player App.
Listen to the discussion on Weekend Breakfast with Sara-Jayne King:
DJ Fresh and DJ Euphonik have been pulled off air on music station 947 after reaching an agreement with management at Primedia Broadcasting.Read More
John's three book picks for the week.Read More
Neither Euphonik nor DJ Fresh have publically responded to the allegations being levelled against them on social media.Read More
Some of the Daily Show hosts new neighbours will include Elon Musk, Jennifer Aniston, and music stars Beyonce and Jay-Z.Read More
The 44-year-old star of stage and screen died at her home on Monday morning, according to a statement released by her agent.Read More
The best-selling Dinner At Somizi's: I Am Not A Chef was launched in November at a star-studded event in Johannesburg.Read More
#RIPIsraelMosehla was trending on Twitter on Monday morning following the news of the Ke Utlwa Lerato' hitmaker's death.Read More
Some argue that the show 'John Dillermand' sends the wrong message to children and is inappropriate for the targetted age group.Read More
Ralf Schmitt, the conductor of the famed Ndlovu Youth Choir, opens up about the choral group's journey from humble beginnings to global recognition.Read More
Sparked by Barack Obama's recent 'favourite songs' list, John Maytham asks whether our musical preferences are determined by race.Read More
"Let’s do everything we can to protect those around us," pleaded the Springbok captain on social media.Read More
SA Rugby Union (Saru) CEO Jurie Roux has been instructed to repay R37 million which he apparently misappropriated from the coffers of Stellenbosch University.Read More
'There were cheers and ululating!' Kolisi was shocked by the carnage says Pastor John Thomas, but lifted the mood of the people.Read More
Russian athletes can still compete with certain restrictions such as the words 'neutral athlete' appearing on their kit.Read More
He is hoping to raise R400 000 together with the South African Bone Marrow Registry.Read More
The Outdoor Report's Jeff Ayliff runs through some wonderful outdoor hikes and trail runs happening in the Penisula this weekend.Read More
More and more pro rugby players are being diagnosed with dementia. Can the game survive, asks Adam Gilchrist.Read More
The 2024 Paris Olympic Games will feature breakdancing as a medal event.Read More
Kenyan long-distance runner Kibiwott Kandie is now the fastest half marathoner of all time. Is it all thanks to the "super shoes"?Read More
Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust David Bellairs describes key changes to the tour during the time of Covid-19.Read More