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Jimmy Johnstone film in post

Jinky film in post production

We've been busy working on our latest production, a film about the life of one of Scotland's most talented sportsmen, footballer Jimmy Johnstone. The film is now in post-production and we'll be making some announcements very soon about the VIP premiere screening and the date for the television transmission on BBC ALBA!

Here's a bit more about the project:

A decade on from his death, ‘Jimmy Johnstone’ examines the life of a phenomenal Scottish sporting talent, telling the story of the highs and the lows of an unforgettable working class footballer, Celtic legend, husband and father who lost his life to motor neurone disease age 61.

Jimmy “Jinky” Johnstone was one of the most talented and respected footballers Scotland has ever seen. He was considered to be a world-class footballer and was revered throughout Europe. The youngest of five children, he was raised in the small village of Viewpark, near Glasgow. Of working class roots, he was determined not to follow his father down the pits and instead worked tirelessly to achieve his ambition of playing for Celtic. He delivered his dream, and was voted the greatest-ever Celtic player in 2002.

A European Cup winner with Celtic in 1967, he was also good friends with Rangers players Jim Baxter and Willie Henderson. He was, however, a vivacious character both on and off the pitch and consequently he often hit the headlines due to an increasing reliance on alcohol towards the end of his career. His life was cut tragically short when he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2001, passing away from the illness on the 13th of March 2006.

This feature length documentary film draws on the personal testimony of his family - his wife Agnes, his daughters Marie and Eileen, and his son James. The family provide an honest account of life with the man they loved dearly, laying bear the pain that this love evoked as they dealt with Jimmy’s very public drink problems, his diagnosis with the incurable motor neurone disease and subsequently his death when he was just 61. The film also features interviews with some of Jimmy’s closest friends such as Lord Haughey, and interviews with fellow players - Bertie Auld, Bobby Lennox, John Clark, Jim Craig, Tommy Gemmell, John Hughes and Willie Henderson.

The film uses Jimmy Johnstone testimony as well as match action and family memorabilia to illustrate this remarkable narrative. There is also a starring role for Jimmy’s grandson Jack Johnstone who plays the part of his much-loved grandfather in drama reconstructions.
The film is narrated by sport broadcaster Alex O'Henley.  Margot McCuaig is the Producer / Director.

23 August 2016 14:55


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