Performance and image-enhancing drugs in popular culture (Documentaries)

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Butler, G. & Fiore, R. (Director). (1977). Pumping Iron [White Mountain Films]. United States

This docudrama covers the world of professional body-building, and follows Olympian winner Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Loft, C. (Director). (2008). Science of Steroids [BASE Productions]. United States

A National Geographic documentary about how steroids work on the body.

Bell, C. (Director). (2008). Bigger, Stronger, Faster [BSF Film]. United States

A documentary about the use of steroids in sports and bodybuilding, focusing on the two brothers of the director, who both use performance and image-enhancing drugs.

Yudin, V. (Director). (2013). Generation Iron [The Vlader Company]. United States

A 2013 film that follows a group of professional bodybuilders as they train and compete for Mr Olympia 2012. The bodybuilders discuss the use of performance and image-enhancing drugs in the sport.

Gibney, A. (Director). (2014). The Armstrong Lie [Jigsaw Pictures]. Australia

This film focuses on Tour de France-winning cyclist Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven titles after testing positive to doping.

Grealish, J. (Director). (2014). Under Construction [JG Films]. United Kingdom

A documentary about one man’s experiment to push his body to its limit via weight lifting, food and steroids.

Thrupp, C., Bradley, S. & Smith, A. (Directors). (2014). Head First S02 E02 ‘Tailor Made Bodies’. [Australian Broadcasting Corporation]. Australia

An Australian Broadcast Corporation documentary about anti-aging clinics in Australia and ‘steroid-vacations’ to South-East Asia.

Foger, B. [Director]. (2017). Icarus [Alex Productions et al.]. United States

This film, made by American director Bryan Fogel, is about illegal doping in sports.