UNIVERSAL PICTURES (UK) TO RELEASE NEW FILM PRODUCTION 1st DECEMBER 2013
THE ERA DEFINING
THE CLASS OF 92
The Class of 92, a cinematic documentary detailing the rise to prominence and global sporting superstardom of six supremely talented young Manchester United footballers (David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil and Gary Neville) will debut in selected cinemas across the UK from Sunday 1st December and will be available on DVD from Monday 2nd December. The film covers the period 1992-1999, culminating in Manchester United’s European Cup triumph, and will dramatically interweave and mirror the highs and lows of its football odyssey with the immense social and cultural changes taking place in Britain at the time.
At the heart of this ambitious film is the tale of how six 14 year-old working class lads from diverse backgrounds came together to play for the same club, became the spine of the most lauded team in world football, and who throughout their period of unparalleled success remained best mates. The production has the unique distinction of having secured unprecedented access to all six players and promises to gain new and revealing insights about each individual and this special period in British football and cultural history. In addition, the production has secured the collaboration of numerous high profile interviewees including Zinedine Zidane, Tony Blair, Mani from the Stone Roses, Eric Cantona and Danny Boyle.
According to Ryan Giggs, “When we were approached to do this film, it gave me the chance to think back over all the events in not only my career but all of the lads involved. Hopefully you’ll see how personal it is to us all - we’re still great mates and who would turn down the chance to make a movie with your best mates?” Phil Neville added, "Making this film was a great experience, it's got us all together, as we don't often get a chance to these days, to revisit old haunts and reflect over the past. I am really looking forward to seeing the film complete". And finally David Beckham said "My time with these players at Manchester United were the most special in my career. We came from different backgrounds, grew up like a family playing together through the ranks, all wanting to be successful. In the end, what we achieved was beyond our wildest dreams. I loved making this film and reuniting back with the lads and talking openly about our time together."
The Class of 92 is directed by Ben and Gabe Turner, produced by Leo Pearlman, all of Fulwell 73 Productions and executive produced by Patrick Holland of Boundless (part of FremantleMedia UK). The two directors have previously worked on the critically acclaimed In the Hands of the Gods and Freddie Flintoff: Hidden Side of Sport.
According to Ben Turner, “This is our chance to create an important film that will do justice to an amazing footballing fairytale during an era of great social change that we are still really nostalgic about. We are confident that we will get more in-depth insight from them than ever before and that this will be a very special film.”
According to Ian Foster, Universal Pictures Regional Managing Director, “This story transcends football and will have a truly nationwide appeal. For 90 minutes we want viewers to feel they've been invited into the coolest and most exclusive club in the world and that they have complete no holds bared access. This film will give its viewers a unique personal experience with the players, the British psyche and of course Manchester United.”
Universal Pictures (UK) is a division of Universal Pictures International Entertainment, which is part of NBCUniversal - one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.
Fulwell 73 Productions
Fulwell 73 is an independent; London based Production Company specializing in a broad range of film and TV productions. Set up in 2005 by brothers Gabe and Ben Turner with their cousins and life-long friends Leo Pearlman and Ben Winston, Fulwell has always strived to make top-quality productions and build a reputation as versatile film-makers and producers.
Fulwell 73 first came to the public’s attention in September 2007 with the release of their debut feature “In The Hands Of The Gods” (Lionsgate). The film received great critical acclaim, opened on more screens than any other UK made documentary and appeared in cinemas around the world. Since then Fulwell has produced many films and television programs across different genres. From comedies to film thrillers; from 3D music movies to moving hard hitting documentaries, Fulwell 73’s exciting and dynamic approach has produced some memorable film and television moments.
Boundless (part of FremantleMedia UK)
Executive Producer Patrick Holland is the creative head of Boundless, part of Fremantle UK, and one of the biggest producers of factual television in the UK. Patrick oversees series including The Apprentice and Grand Designs. As a filmmaker Patrick made award winning documentaries such as A Very British Murder; The Case of Tony Martin, Looking for Dad and Come on England. As executive producer he has overseen series from Born to be Different to Cutting Edge films such as My Weird and Wonderful Family. He also ran the C4 new documentary directors scheme, The Other Side.