On Thanksgiving night 2009, the tale of Tiger Woods imploded. He had not been simply the Nike-sponsored pro golf enthusiast that broke racial obstacles as well as major records in the video game; he was additionally currently a tabloid fixture.
That night, Woods wrecked his black Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant outside his Wyndemere, Florida, estate following a reported disagreement with his then-wife, Elin Nordegren. The previous day, the National Enquirer had released a tale concerning Woods’ alleged girlfriend, club person hosting Rachel Uchitel, and also his squeaky-clean reputation inevitably came into question.
From there, tale after story dripped to the press concerning Woods’ numerous events. He spent months in hiding before supposedly checking into a sex dependency clinic and supplying a very carefully constructed apology to the public. Nordegren as well as Woods, who have two youngsters with each other, divorced shortly thereafter.
Every one of these events and also more are documented in HBO Sports as well as Jigsaw Productions’ new two-part series “Tiger,” which airs on HBO as well as HBO Max on Jan. 10 and also 17. The series tracks the professional athlete’s increase, historical downfall and triumphant return at the 2019 Masters Tournament. Utilizing Jeff Benedict and also Armen Keteyian’s very successful book “Tiger Woods” as a guide, supervisors Matthew Heineman (Oscar candidate for “Cartel Land”) and also Matthew Hamachek (Emmy candidate for “Amanda Knox”) information every little thing from Woods’ intense partnership with his father Earl to his injuries, prescription substance abuse as well as subsequent 2017 DRUNK DRIVING arrest.
Although Woods is not associated with the project, the docuseries includes exclusive meetings with his close colleagues, including Woods’ previous caddie as well as close friend Steve Williams, six-time major golf champ Sir Nick Faldo, biographer Pete McDaniel, and also Uchitel, who breaks her silence on their life-altering partnership.
It’s an intimate picture of a man who was bred for success, only to have the high assumptions placed upon him lead to his collapse.
As two white guys, Heineman and Hamachek faced some objection for documenting Woods’ heritage. (Woods is multiracial and also controversially deemed himself “Cablinasian” in 1997 on “The Oprah Winfrey Program” of his White, Black, Indian as well as Eastern heritage.) When news of “Tiger” struck last July, Indian docudrama director and also editor Geeta Gandbhir questioned why only one exec of color, producer Sam Pollard, was included in the project.
I wish to make you familiar with the asks from the Black and brown neighborhood– as you have a substantial platform, and the whole community needs to come to grips with the problem of systemic racism in our area. Why existed not a supervisor reflective of the area on this job? If there were two of you, couldn’t ONE of you have been Black or Asian? Accountability as well as management are needed at this time– you are in a fantastic position to be a positive instance.
Following that comment, participants of the “Tiger” crew– including Pollard, Heineman as well as executive manufacturer Alex Gibney– recognized the absence of variety on the film as well as guaranteed to make required hiring modifications with future tasks.
Heineman told HuffPost, ” There’s a lot of work that requires to be done throughout our sector, on every element, from moneying to festivals to individuals like ourselves assembling teams to help develop higher equity within both our docudrama neighborhood and also show business, as a whole.”
In this meeting with HuffPost, Heineman and Hamachek discuss the conversation bordering “Tiger,” why they wanted to take on the golf symbol’s story as well as what they discovered while diving right into his life and occupation.