In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King and ex-men’s champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs was billed as the Battle of the Sexes. The match went on to become one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world.
As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett developed.
Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.
In the new biographical film, Battle of the Sexes, the action on-and-off the court is captured with an all-star cast including Emma Stone and Steve Carrell as the two tennis stars. The film opens across Canada on September 29.
This is your chance to see an advance screening of Battle of the Sexes in Vancouver on Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00pm at Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver (900 Burrard Street, Vancouver).
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Contest Rules: contest closes on Tuesday, September 26 at 12:00pm (Noon) Pacific time. All entries received up until that point will be placed in a random draw to win one of ten double passes to the advance screening of Battle of the Sexes at the Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver (900 Burrard Street, Vancouver). on Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00pm . Approximate retail value is $25.98 based on the regular adult general admission price. Passes have no cash value and must be accepted as awarded. All other costs associated with attending the screening are the responsibility of the winner. Entrants understand that Vancouver Presents and its affiliates may promote this give-away on its social media networks in addition to this online entry. E&EO.