MUST WATCH: The Program
The rise and fall of American cyclist Lance Armstrong is one of the most perplexing tales of recent times. A hero to millions of people (and especially the cancer community), the cancer survivor won the sport’s most gruelling race, the Tour de France, an mind-blowing seven times and brought mainstream attention to cycling like no other had done before. But then it all went wrong.
Armstrong’s fall from grace was one of the most dramatic in the history of sport, not just cycling. The exposure of his (and his team’s) culture of doping rocked the sporting world, so much that award-winning director Stephen Frears - of High Fidelity (2000) and The Queen (2006) fame – has looked to immortalise the events in his new film The Program.
The film (trailer below) follows an Irish sports journalist (Chris O’Dowd) who becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong’s (Ben Foster) performances during his Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.