David Beckham: “A lot of people wanted me to make a documentary for many years”

New York City recently played host to a celebration of football star David Beckham, by airing his documentary “Beckham.” Held at the Whitby Hotel, guests included Vogue‘s editorial director Anna Wintour, a longtime friend of the footballer.

Ted Sarandos, Anna Wintour, David Beckham, Bela Bajaria

Directed by actor and director Fisher Stevens, the documentary recounts the life and career of the sports celebrity. “He is generous, and he is kind, and he is thoughtful,” Wintour shared. “A boy from humble beginnings with an extraordinary gift who became world famous but never let it go to his head.”

Orange Calderón, Victor Cruz, David Beckham

From his humble working-class beginnings in east London, his drive and determination to win, and the battle to find a balance between ambition, love and family, David’s story is one of immense ups and downs. The series takes you on that roller coaster and builds a surprising, personal and definitive story of one of the most recognizable and scrutinized athletes of all time.

Adrien Brody, Anna Wintour, Georgina Chapman
Ellen Cleghorne, Marci Klein

“A lot of people wanted me to make a documentary for many years but I didn’t feel like it was the right time,” Beckham said of the documentary, “it was all about piecing the team together and putting the right director in and making sure I was surrounded with people that could jog my memory.”

Nikki M. James

Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos, actress Nikki M. James, Ellen Cleghorne and former NFL player Victor Cruz, were also in attendance to celebrate the star.

The four-part documentary, which delves into David’s life, his wife Victoria, family, friends and his team-mates to share an intimate portrait of the star, is available on Netflix.

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/ Photos by Matteo Prandoni / BFA for Netflix

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