ZigZag Productions has partnered with The R&A and Egoli Media to create a feature length documentary film, charting the life of golfer Severiano Ballesteros Sota.
‘Seve’ explores the life of Ballesteros from learning the game on the beaches of Cantabria, Spain, to becoming one of the most decorated and celebrated golfers in the game’s history. A decade on from his tragic death, the landmark documentary focuses on Seve’s life both on and off the course, with testimony from his family and fellow golfing heroes including José María Olazábal, Colin Montgomerie, Gary Player and Bernard Langer.
With five major championship wins, including three victories at The Open, and a further five Ryder Cup triumphs, Ballesteros left an indelible mark on the game. With his swashbuckling style and charismatic persona Ballesteros is undoubtedly one of golf’s all-time greats.
‘Seve’ is slated to premiere in autumn 2021 to coincide with this year’s Ryder Cup in Whistling Straits, US. Ballesteros and compatriot, Olazábal remain Europe’s most successful Ryder Cup partnership in the tournament’s history having played together a record 15 times – the most by any pair in history – winning 12 points.
The 1 x 90’ feature film documentary is exec produced by ZigZag Productions, Danny Fenton and Matt Graff, alongside Caroline Rowland for Egoli Media and Malcolm Booth for The R&A. David White and Joss Holmes of Northridge Films are also on board to produce and direct.
Malcolm Booth, Director of Sales and Marketing at The R&A said, ‘‘Seve was a genius, a fighter and a showman. He was one of those rare sportsmen who punched outside of his own sport and inspired people all over the world. As we mark the 10-year anniversary of his passing, now is the right time to tell his story to a global audience. Seve will be a celebration of and tribute to a truly remarkable human being and legend of the game. The documentary will showcase his inspirational life story and should no doubt inspire new fans of all ages around the world.”
Matt Graff, Managing Director at ZigZag Productions said, ‘‘Seve Ballesteros is a true sporting legend and we are privileged and proud to be partnering with The R&A and Egoli Media to create this special documentary film on an incredible man. To celebrate Seve’s life and achievements within this production is an honour and we believe this film will encapsulate his inspirational life and achievements, underlining how loved he was within the world of golf and beyond.”
Caroline Rowland, Founder at Egoli Media said, “Seve’s story is absolute sporting gold. It is a real privilege to have the chance to work with The R&A to delve into the rich archival content that provides depth, texture and relevance to a thoroughly modern and inspirational film.”