Netflix tees off with golf in first original documentary

Michelle Clancy | 06-11-2013
Netflix is planning to launch its first original documentary, entitled the Short Game. It will go live on the site on 12 December. The documentary follows eight of the most competitive golfers around the globe, all of whom just happen to be under seven years old, as they train for and compete in the World Championship of Junior Golf. Emmy award-winning director Josh Greenbaum’s feature debut premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) and won the 2013 Audience Award. It was Academy qualified in a limited cinema release through Phase 4 Films and Samuel Goldwyn Films. “‘The Short Game’ provides a highly entertaining, family-friendly and joyful window into a unique world that most people fantasise about: being the best in the world at something. The fact that this dream is pursued by children playing a grown-ups’ game is intriguing and inspiring,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix vice president of original documentary and comedy. “We seek to provide the very best storytelling within the documentary film-making category, and The Short Game is that rare example of a beautifully told and heartwarming tale that appeals to all generations.” The documentary will be available to stream in all territories where Netflix is available - the UK, Ireland, the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Nordics and the Netherlands.