Daniel Gordon (film director)

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Daniel Gordon is a British documentary film director best known for a series of documentaries from North Korea.

Gordon previously worked for Sky Sports and Chrysalis. He founded VeryMuchSo productions in January 2001. It is based in Sheffield, England. Gordon has written two books on Sheffield Wednesday. In December 2001, he was nominated for a BAFTA for producing and directing Darren Gough’s Cricket Academy.

In 2002, Gordon worked with Nicholas Bonner of Koryo Tours to bring the seven surviving members of the 1966 North Korea national football team to Britain. The resulting film, The Game of Their Lives won the 2003 Royal Television Society award for best sports documentary. The 1966 North Korean football team competed in the World Cup. Daniel was also nominated Best Newcomer at the 2003 Grierson Awards. The film also received a nomination for Best Documentary at the British Independent Film Awards. It won first prize at the Seville Film Festival.

Gordon and Bonner continued their collaboration to make A State of Mind, about two North Korean gymnasts preparing for the Pyongyang mass games, and Crossing the Line, about James Joseph Dresnok, the American soldier who defected to North Korea in 1962. The latter film, which was narrated by actor Christian Slater,[1] was shown at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival,[2] and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.[3] Gordon and Bonner were also featured on a 60 Minutes report about Dresnok that broadcast on 28 January 2007 in the United States, and included footage from their film.

In 2012, Gordon directed a documentary for ESPN's 30 for 30 series entitled 9.79* about the 1988 Olympic Men's 100m final and the Ben Johnson doping Scandal.


  1. ^ Full Cast and Crew for Crossing the Line, IMDb profile. Accessed January 28, 2007.
  2. ^ World Documentary Competition, "Crossing the Line" (2006) Archived 2007-03-04 at the Wayback Machine. 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Accessed January 28, 2007.
  3. ^ Awards for Crossing the Line (2006), IMDb profile, Awards & Nominations section. Accessed January 28, 2007.

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