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Fulwell 73 greenlights doc on Manchester United icon Matt Busby

James Corden’s London- and Los Angeles-based indie Fulwell 73 is kicking off production of Busby, a documentary on the legacy of former Manchester United manager Matt Busby. The film will chronicle Busby’s ...
August 7, 2019

James Corden’s London- and Los Angeles-based indie Fulwell 73 is kicking off production of Busby, a documentary on the legacy of former Manchester United manager Matt Busby.

The film will chronicle Busby’s (pictured) life and career, during which he spent 25 years at the helm of the storied UK football team.

With a reputation for championing young athletes, Busby helped to develop players such as George Best and Bobby Charlton. The documentary will follow his humble beginnings in a small Scottish mining village to twice rebuilding a soccer club first ravaged by war and then by the tragedy of the Munich Air Disaster.

Directed by Joe Pearlman, Busby features previously unseen archival footage and interviews, including the ‘Busby Babes’ and members of the 1968 European Cup winning team, among others.

The documentary is produced by Leo Pearlman, partner at Fulwell 73, and co-produced by Heather Greenwood, senior executive at the prodco. Altitude Films is attached to distribute.

Busby is the latest sports documentary produced by Fulwell 73, and follows The Class of 92, I Am Bolt, the Netflix series Sunderland ‘Til I die and its three films in the Phenoms series for Fox Sports about the FIFA World Cup, which aired in June 2018.

Fulwell 73 also recently announced a new docuseries on Chelsea FC Women, which will go behind the scenes at the female football club of the Football Association Women’s Super League (currently known as the Barclays FA Women’s Super League).

“As passionate fans of great stories and iconic characters, to be able to pay homage to one of our sporting heroes and add a prequel to The Class of 92 is a true privilege,” Leo Pearlman said in a statement. “Sir Matt Busby is a legend in his own right and it is an honor to be able to recognize his legacy and tell his inspiring story through this film.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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