Man City hope to conquer more than just the Premier League
Tue 7th Sep 2010 | Television & Broadcasting
Manchester City are hoping to conquer more than just the Premier League this season with the release of Blue Moon Rising, a behind-the scenes documentary that details City's first season under Abu Dhabi control and contains interviews with players, staff and fans
The movie which was created by Bafta-winning director Stewart Sugg and experienced producers Endamol was plannned at first was to release it for TV, but it’s understood the clubs ambitions got grander and backed by Buena Vista International, it is now scheduled to be distributed as a full-on movie. It will initially be shown at selected cinemas from 17 September according to the Guardian newspaper.
"Blue Moon Rising reinforces Manchester City's standing as the most fascinating story in the world of football," said the club's marketing manager David Pullan. "We wanted to give football fans around the world a unique insight into the club and its future by getting them close to the action in this unique year.
"It will be a lasting testimony to one of the most exciting years in Manchester City's history."
The access Sugg was granted in making Blue Moon Rising is compelling, with all the leading figures (and Garry Cook) interviewed. As the trailer shows, the director was also able to enter the dressing room as City's hopes of securing a Champions League place slowly disintegrated.
The film which features the views of the supporters most notably Noel Gallagher, reveal just how remarkable it is to follow a club that has gone suddenly from being renowned for decades of under-achievement to finding itself on the cusp of major success.
Blue Moon Rising is being premiered at The Printworks in Manchester this Thursday. Mancini and his full City squad are expected to attend with a blue carpet also booked for the occasion. Time will tell if the film they see, like the club's current ownership, is a lasting hit or an expensive flop.
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