The 'Diego Maradona' documentary title was quite deliberate


Raf Diallo
Raf Diallo

14.44 13 Jun 2019


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The Diego Maradona documentary will be out in cinemas on June 14th and from those who have seen early screenings, the reviews are impressive.

Director Asif Kapadia, who also brought the excellent Senna and Amy docs to the world, was in Dublin this week and joined Colm Boohig and I on Team 33 to discuss how he put it together.

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One thing we homed in on at the start of the chat was the naming convention for the documentary. The Senna and Amy docs picked a singular name from Ayrton Senna and Amy Winehouse respectively. But for the Maradona doc, Kapadia and his team chose to use both first name and surname, and it was a deliberate move.

You can listen to the full chat just below or here. Or you can subscribe/stream on iTunes for free.

The 'Diego Maradona' documentary title was quite deliberate

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"Amy was almost about taking away the second name and simplifying it back to the girl," said Kapadia.

"This is the opposite because Maradona's a footballer. That's the name you'd have if you had it on the back of your shirt. Athough he played at a time before names were on the shirt.

"But there was something that came out of making the film which was almost the idea of split personality.

"There's this sweet, vulnerable guy: Diego. And there's the ego and the one that you see on screen. The one that talks about himself in the third person: Maradona.

"That's the reason why the film is called that because at the heart of the movie, it's this idea of tension and conflict between himself. He's his greatest rival in a way."

You can also watch our full chat with Kapadia on Maradona above via the video player.


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