LIGHTS… CAMERAS… KICK OFF!
Football Manager to make its big-screen debut as feature-length film hits Vue cinema screens on October 7th. Screenings already confirmed at 26 sites, with potential for more through ‘crowdsourcing’ campaign
Having captured the hearts and minds of a generation of football fans across the globe, inspired at least one book and spawned countless imitators, Football Manager is about to enter a whole new era with the release of An Alternative Reality: The Football Manager Documentary, a feature-length film which examines the game’s impact on the culture of football and its influence within the professional game
An Alternative Reality: The Football Manager Documentary will make its debut on Tuesday, October 7th when it will be shown – for one night only – at a minimum of 26 Vue cinemas throughout the UK.
Although the screening is currently confirmed for 26 Vue cinemas (listed below) it’s possible that it may also be screened in even more of Vue’s UK venues, depending on popular demand. Fans who would like to have the film screened at their local Vue cinema can make their voices heard by taking part in a unique crowdsourcing campaign. Details on how to get involved in this campaign, which will run until midday on Friday, September 19th, are available on the Football Manager website, on Facebook and on Twitter. Any Vue cinema which receives sufficient support through this campaign will also screen the documentary on October 7th.
Following its initial screening, the film will be made available globally through a number of download and streaming services.
Featuring contributions from some of Football Manager’s creators and famous fans from the worlds of football and entertainment, An Alternative Reality: The Football Manager Documentary will examine the game’s enduring appeal and how it has seeped into and influenced the culture of the world’s favourite game.
“The documentary isn’t our story – it’s the story of the people who escape to the alternative reality of being a football manager, and the effect this has had on their lives. It’s also the story of how a computer game made by football fans has become a part of the world it set out to replicate,” says Miles Jacobson, Studio Director of Sports Interactive. “But it’s not just for people who play – it’s also for people who’ve ever wondered why others spend so much time escaping into this world.”
Vue Marketing and Sales Director, Joanne Webb adds: “Football Manager has been an iconic small screen franchise for many years and we are delighted to be able to bring this unique documentary to the big screen. The film is another exciting event cinema experience that I’m sure our customers will really enjoy.”
In addition to marking the film’s premiere, the Vue screenings will also feature a first airing of a further short film which will reveal Football Manager 2015’s major new features. Following both films, Miles Jacobson will take part in a live interactive interview where he will answer questions submitted by fans across the venues.
An Alternative Reality: The Football Manager Documentary has been produced by FilmNova, one of the UK’s leading independent producers of sports films. Football Manager is developed by Sports Interactive and published by SEGA.
Further information is available at www.fmdocumentary.com.
An Alternative Reality: The Football Manager Documentary will be screened on Tuesday, October 7th 2014 (for one night only) at the following Vue cinemas:
- Birmingham Star City
- Bristol Cribbs
- Bury the Rock
- Cheshire Oaks
- Edinburgh Omni
- Glasgow Fort
- Leeds Light
- Manchester Lowry
- Westfield White City
- Westfield Stratford
To book tickets for this unique experience, please visit www.myvue.com.