With the Ashes set to dominate the sporting summer, A Small Cinema are taking the opportunity to air three of the most important and influential movies about the old sport of cork on willow.

From The Ashes
A documentary centring on the familiar – yet oddly, still slightly unbelievable – summer where Ian Botham dominated the Australians. Featuring both archive footage and in-depth interviews with all the main characters of those wild few months, this is an intriguing watch whichever side of the fence you sit on.
Thu 1 Aug, 8pm, £3

Out of The Ashes
Away from the heights of England vs Australia and even away from first class cricket, this documentary follows the struggles of the Afghanistan national cricket team. Playing on rubble-strewn pitches, and battling a lot more than just the opposing fast bowlers, this is as much a film about the spirit of human endeavour as it is about any sport.
Fri 2 Aug, 8pm, £3

P’Tang Yang Kipperbang
The only piece of fiction on the line-up, but what a choice – set in a 1940s London grammar school, this coming of age tale tells the story of Alan. Obsessed with cricket, the plot revolves around his first kiss – and is commentated in true Test Match Special style throughout by legendary BBC cricket maestro John Arlott.
Sat 3 Aug, 8pm, £3

A Small Cinema, Miners Community Arts & Music Centre, Teddington Rd, Moston, M40 0DJ, http://www.wegottickets.com/

Thu 1 Aug - Sat 3 Aug
Matthew Britton
Published on:
Mon 29 Jul 2013