Netflix to debut its first original documentary, The Short Game

Michelle Clancy | 26-11-2013

Netflix will launch The Short Game on 12 December, the first original documentary available on the service. It 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.

The Netflix original documentary will be available to stream in all territories where Netflix is available: the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada, Latin America, the Nordics and the Netherlands.

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," said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix vice president of original documentary and comedy. "The fact that this dream is pursued by children playing a grown-ups' game is intriguing and inspiring."

She added: "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 heart-warming tale that appeals to all generations."

The Short Game is produced by Rafael Marmor, Christopher Leggett and Greenbaum, and executive produced by Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake, Timm Oberwelland, John Battsek and David Frankel.

"As a film-maker, you hope your work will reach as many people as possible and that's what's so exciting about partnering with Netflix, who are presenting some of the most original and cutting edge programming on the planet right now," said Greenbaum. "The idea of people all across the world being able to watch the film is a dream come true."