For the first time, the real story of John McEnroe and Björn Borg’s fierce rivalry is told in this all-archival documentary feature.
Filmmakers: Paul Bell & Rasmus Dinesen
Country: UK, Denmark
john + björn re-visits the golden age of tennis, from 1977 to 1985, and looks at the lives of two tennis legends both on and off the court, as they strive for personal perfection and global dominance in a sport which demands the utmost sacrifice, both mentally and physically. But it is also a story of an unlikely friendship between the same two young men - one of them arguably the last ‘great amateur’ tennis player - and the other, the sports’ first great professional. From the archive producer of Amy and Senna, this is the ultimate film on rivalry, tennis, and friendship.
Dinesen’s most recent film The Michelin Film opened the culinary section of the San Sebastian Film Festival in September 2017 and is set for its US release in spring 2018. The feature length documentary explores the world and phenomenon of the Michelin Guide, through the eyes of its international director Michael Ellis, fans and critics of the guide, and some of the best chefs in France, Spain, US and Japan.
He made his debut in 2003 with The Forbidden Team, a film about the first Tibetan national soccer team and has since continuously made films for the Danish national TV stations, DR and TV2, including The World's Best Chef about the efforts of chef Rasmus Kofoed to win the Bocuse d’Or, which sold to numerous territories.
Dinesen has followed John McEnroe and Björn Borg since he was a boy and followed them into tennis, which has been a lifelong passion. He has worked on john + björn with renowned Swedish/Danish writer Daniel Dencik since 2009 gathering hundreds of hours of footage and audio interviews.
Paul is widely regarded as one of the foremost ‘archive storytellers’ in the world and he has helped elevate archive film making to a new level with the success of films such as the BAFTA-winning Senna and the Oscar®-winning Amy, both of which he individually archive produced. Having trained initially as an actor, he then managed the ImageBank film library in London from 1998 to 2001. Since then he has worked in all areas of the film, TV and advertising industries as a researcher, writer, producer and director, and he has collaborated with some of the most innovative filmmakers and storytellers working today from Paul Greengrass to Ridley Scott and Kevin MacDonald. Paul joined Hound Entertainment as Head of Development in summer 2017.