SA Rugby and the British & Irish Lions partnered in commissioning South African production company T+W and Wales-based Whisper Cymru, to produce ‘Two Sides’ which has been shortlisted for Best Sports Documentary in competition with three other international nominations.
The documentary explored what transpired in the Springbok and Lions’ camps during the 2021 Tour of South Africa, doubly challenged at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It told the story from the Springbok and Lions camp perspectives featuring fly-on-the-wall footage of both camps as they took part in a series played behind closed doors and massively complicated by outbreaks of COVID in both camps.
The series was broadcast by M-Net and SuperSport in South Africa, followed by ITV, UK and Virgin One, Ireland in the first half of 2022. The series attracted much social media interest and media attention.
Also shortlisted are 30 Dias Para Ganar (Mexico), the story of paralympic downhill skiers; Alexia. Labor Omnia Vincit (Spain) the Barcelona and Spanish footballer; and Harley & Katya (Australia) about the figure skating pair.
The winners will be announced at the 51st International Emmy Awards Gala in New York City, on Monday, 20 November 2023.