Bounce: How the Ball Taught the World to Play

Directed by: Jerome Thélia
71 minutes
VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 3
Thu 24th Sep 19:10
Premiere Screening

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VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 3
Fri 25th Sep 16:50
2nd Screening

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From the shanty towns of Mexico City, to the plains of the Kalahari, to the parks of London, to the streets of Moscow; the world over there is one particular thing we all know, a shared heritage and common plaything we recognise: the ball. A bouncing ball offers us a metaphor for our lives in its uncertainty and an important opportunity to play. As it turns out, playing may be one of the most important things we do with each other, fostering social bonds and strengthening communities in both human and animal populations. This fascinating documentary sheds a light into our relationship with the sphere and how balls have been used throughout history in different games that both shaped and reflected the societies in which they were invented. Along the way, we’re introduced to some brilliant rare, traditional and defunct ball games and get an in-depth lesson in anthropology, history and sociology. Jerome Thelia’s debut documentary film is a must-watch not just for sports fans, but for those interested in humanity itself – as is stated in the film, “more people watch football today than have ever belonged to any religion”.
71 min
Jerome Thélia
John Fox
Jerome Thélia
William Mershon
Anne Carkeet
Phil Mershon
Tom Chatfield
David Goldblatt
Isabel Behncke Izquierdo
David McLain
David McLain
Trevor Tweeten
Daniel Katz
Screening Status
UK Premiere