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Noah Media preps doc about soccer icon Jack Charlton

London-based prodco Noah Media Group is in production on a feature-length doc about legendary British footballer, manager and World Cup winner Jack Charlton. Charlton won the World Cup as a player ...
July 9, 2019

London-based prodco Noah Media Group is in production on a feature-length doc about legendary British footballer, manager and World Cup winner Jack Charlton.

Charlton won the World Cup as a player with England in 1966, alongside his more revered brother Bobby Charlton. Jack, however, became a household name as a pundit and TV celebrity in the early ’70s before turning to coaching and managing, eventually becoming the first “foreigner” to manage the Republic of Ireland.

Noah has partnered with Charlton and his family on the project, which will include rarely seen archival footage, retracing the steps of his life and career.

The as-yet untitled film is currently in production on location in Ireland and England, and will feature new interviews with Charlton and his family as well as leading figures in Irish music, film and politics.

The film will be directed by Gabriel Clarke and Pete Thomas, with former Republic of Ireland captain Andy Townsend serving as executive producer. John McKenna and Torquil Jones are producing.

Previous Noah credits include Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager (2018, Netflix), Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (2015) and the upcoming cricket doc The Edge.

“I remember Jack Charlton being as surprised as anyone when he got the Ireland manager’s job in 1986,” said Clarke in a statement. “What followed changed lives, altered careers and transformed a nation and it is a privilege to team up with the Charlton family and so many of those who made it possible to get to the heart of this funny, emotional and inspiring story.”

“We are delighted to be working with Noah Media Group on what will be the definitive film on my father’s life,” added Charlton’s son John. “It will be fascinating to see how the film links his life as a husband, father and brother to his incredible achievements in football, as both a player and a manager.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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