IBNA- Iranian author, film critic, translator and football commentator Hamid-Reza Sadr died of cancer in California, United States after a three-year battle with his illness. He was 65.
Born in the city of Mashhad, Sadr who was also a Journalist, historian, and economist studied at the University of Tehran as well as Leeds University in England and was graduated with a Ph.D. degree in urban planning.
He wrote a book on politics and Iranian cinema, titled ‘Iranian Cinema: A Political History’ (2001). The comprehensive analysis provided in this book gives a refreshing, up-to-date introduction to those interested in Iranian cinema and its socio-political dimensions and history, observing recurrent themes and genres as well as highlighting lesser-known thematic concerns and figures.
He interviewed many famous actors, directors and film critics including: Anthony Hopkins, Peter O'Toole, Mike Leigh, Jim Jarmusch, Carlos Saura, Andrei Konchalovsky, Peter Wollen, Laura Mulvey, Jeffrey Noel Smith, John Gillett, Sohrab Shahid-Sales and Farokh Ghafari.
He was a football lover and has written several features on sociology, politics and football. His book 'Once Upon a Time Football' (2000) is about politics and football but it also tells the story of Sadr's relationship with football and sometimes relates it to his own personal life. It has been years now that he appeared on the Iranian national television to talk about football matches and thus has become famous among people.
Among his other books are: 'Against the Wind: Politics of Iranian Cinema' (2002), 'The Damned Utd' (2010), a translation of David Peace's novel; ‘The Hot Seat’ (2012); 'A Boy On The Terraces’ (2012); 'You Will Die In Cairo' (2014); 'Speak' (2017) a translation of Laurie Halse Anderson's novel; and ‘The Eternal Jerseys’ (2018).