Screened as part of NZIFF 2014

The Armstrong Lie 2013

Directed by Alex Gibney Framing Reality

Investigative filmmaker Alex Gibney (Enron, We Steal Secrets) incorporates amazing all-access footage of the 2009 Tour de France into a comprehensive interrogation of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and the world he dominated.

123 minutes DCP

Director, Screenplay


Frank Marshall
Matt Tolmach
Alex Gibney




Andy Grieve
Tim Squyres


David Kahne


Lance Armstrong
Betsy Andreu
Frankie Andreu
Dan Coyle
George Hincapie
Bill Strickland
Jonathan Vaughters
Michele Ferrari
Phil Liggett
David Walsh


London 2013


Obviously cyclist Lance Armstrong felt in full possession of his superhuman powers when he turned to filmmaker Alex Gibney to document his post-cancer comeback in 2009. Gibney, honoured for his investigative films about Enron and US-condoned torture in the Middle East, took on a feel-good assignment for a change. He was rewarded with something close to total, exclusive access. Though the doping allegations were already flying, he was persuaded that Armstrong was on the level, and that his story of triumphant perseverance was one worth capturing in detail. Fortunately for Gibney the truth finally overtook Armstrong before the feel-good film was finished. In the film that eventually emerged, disillusionment lends Gibney’s familiar curiosity about power and corruption a personal edge. His interrogation of Armstrong and the world that he dominated delivers an assessment that is, to quote the Village Voice, “wholly necessary, brilliantly executed, and a complete bummer”. Thanks to the unsurpassed access to the racers that he was granted in 2009, the hero’s disgrace is wrapped up in as intense and up-close a filmed account of the Tour de France as you are ever likely to see.