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JACK CHARLTON DOCUMENTARY

Noah Media Group are now in production on a feature-length documentary about the legendary football player, manager, World Cup winner, Freeman of Dublin and Honorary Citizen of Ireland, Jack Charlton.

Noah Media Group have partnered with Jack and the Charlton family on the project, with a theatrical release planned for the summer of 2020 – exactly thirty years on from Italia 90, when Jack led the Republic of Ireland in their first ever World Cup - a transformative moment in the country’s history.

Using rarely seen archive, the film will explore the extraordinary story and legacy of the team that changed a nation and the Englishman who became an Irish hero.

 The film will be directed by Gabriel Clarke (Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager, Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans) and Pete Thomas (Euro 2016: Sounds of the Summer) with former Republic of Ireland captain Andy Townsend joining as an Executive Producer. It will be produced by John McKenna & Torquil Jones (Bobby Robson: More than a Manager, Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, Clough, The Edge).

 Jack Charlton won the World Cup as a player with England in 1966, alongside brother Bobby Charlton, always the more revered player. However, the more outspoken Jack was a household name as pundit and TV celebrity by the early 1970s before turning his hand to coaching.

The first ‘foreigner’ to manage the Republic of Ireland, his time in charge would transcend football. In the mid-80s Ireland was ravaged by unemployment, emigration and framed by a backdrop of the Troubles in the North; ‘Big Jack’ became a galvanising figure in a period of extraordinary success and recovery in Ireland.  The Irish football team had never been to a major tournament – but that would change dramatically under Charlton’s stewardship.

 Jack formed an Irish team in his own image – honest and belligerent – that reflected the spirit of the Irish people and was bonded by a unique camaraderie. They would beat the best nations in the world during glorious campaigns at Euro 88, Italia 90 and USA 94, having a unique sporting and cultural impact on millions of Irish across the globe, who were treated to days never seen before or since.

Now in production on location in Ireland and England, the documentary will feature star players and key characters from throughout Jack’s career, as well as candid new interviews with Jack and for the first time, his family, alongside key contributions from major figures in Irish music, film and politics.

This will be the latest film released through Noah’s distribution arm, NoahX.  The film’s release is scheduled for the summer of 2020, ahead of major football tournament UEFA Euro 2020, which will see matches played across Europe, including Dublin.

Co-Director Gabriel Clarke quote:

I remember Jack Charlton being as surprised as anyone when he got the Ireland manager’s job in 1986.  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.”

John Charlton quote:

“We are delighted to be working with Noah Media Group on what will be the definitive film on my father’s life.  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.’

Producer and Noah Media Group CEO John McKenna quote:

“We’re thrilled to be bringing the story of Jack Charlton to the big screen as the latest production from Noah Media Group and the latest release by NoahX. I know the team will deliver an amazing cast, the archive is extraordinary and we believe that a global audience of football fans – especially fans of Ireland – will engage with a story that is filled with incredible moments, emotion and humour.”

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