South African sports doccie ‘Two Sides’ has scored an International Emmy nomination! The series, produced by the same company behind ‘Chasing the Sun’ is up against three other international picks.
Global (20 November 2023) — There are a host of South African works up for an International Emmy this year, with the winners set to be announced today, 20 November (hold those thumbs!).
Waving the South African flag loud and proud in the Sports Documentary category is ‘Two Sides’, a production by Gareth Whittaker’s T+W who also made the iconic ‘Chasing the Sun’.
Where Chasing the Sun tells the story of the Springboks’ 2019 Rugby World Cup triumph (which, after winning yet another Rugby World Cup recently might need a follow-up), Two Sides is a docu-series that goes behind the scenes to explore the British & Irish Lions 2021 tour of South Africa.
It was the first Tour to South Africa since 2009, and reportedly saved SA Rugby from financial ruin during the pandemic.
Released in 2022, it earned a wealth of praise, including being called “a masterpiece of documentary making” by Martin Hannan of The Herald.
Now, it’s up for an iEmmy as one of only four nominations.
Other South African iEmmy nominations include the animation film ‘The Smeds and the Smoos’ for Best Kids’ Animation, The Mandela Project’ for Best Short-Form Series, ‘Takalani Sesame’ for Best Kids Factual and ‘The Dreamer—Becoming Karen Blixen’ with Connie Nielsen nominated for Best Actress (it is produced in collaboration with SA’s Stage 5 Films).