Emmet Ryan: Icarus and the benefits of good timing

Emmet Ryan: Icarus and the benefits of good timing
Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren who produced a report which claimed that Russia had orchestrated state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics . Pic: Getty

Bryan Fogel's documentary, about the Russian sports doping programme has taken the world by storm, writes Emmet Ryan

Bryan Fogel always planned on making a documentary, just not the one he ended up doing. Icarus, which is drawing not so much rave reviews as a bunch of people posting the word 'wow' on social media, wasn't mean to be about the bigger story.

Fogel, a film-maker with a passion for cycling, wanted to make a movie about the impact of doping on performance. So far, so conventional. Fogel's decision to make himself the...

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