Make Us DreamThe agony behind the ecstasy
In modern football, Steven Gerrard is a rarity – a superstar player who stayed loyal to his hometown club.
He became perhaps the greatest player in the history of Liverpool FC but did so at a point when success and trophies were on the wane – and it became his personal mission to lift the famous club back to the top. But with Gerrard that loyalty, which raised him to God-like status with Liverpool fans, could be an unbearable burden, bringing with it a profound sense of responsibility to live up to their and his own expectations.
The film is a personal story of profound highs and lows, set in the highly pressured, ruthless world of professional football, at a time when the values of the game were radically shifting.
It offers a penetrating insight into the experience of one of the best known English Footballers of modern times and the pressures, both external and internal, that both drove him forward to glory and defeated him.
James Gay-Rees - Producer
Academy Award® winning James Gay-Rees is best known for producing high-profile documentary films including the Academy Award®, BAFTA and Grammy-winning AMY, the double BAFTA-winning SENNA, both directed by Asif Kapadia, and the Academy Award® nominated EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP, directed by Banksy. He has now produced 17 films, and in 2016 the Producers Guild of America awarded James as Outstanding Producer of the year.
Paul Martin - Producer
Paul is the co-founder of Box to Box Films and an experienced and high calibre TV and Film Producer. Prior to founding Box to Box Paul spent time at two of the worlds largest producers Endemol and Zodiak. Paul is currently producing Asif Kapadia’s Maradona and Executive producing an Untitled Formula One project for Netflix. He previously developed and produced Ronaldo for Universal Pictures.
Sam Blair - Director
Sam Blair is a London-based documentary filmmaker whose work is resolutely steered towards the cinema. A graduate of the UK's National Film and Television School, since making his BFI and Adidas funded debut feature, Personal Best, he has worked on a series of high-profile films. In 2014 he directed the ESPN 30 for 30, Maradona '86, a hymn to the theatre of football and its most beguiling player, produced by John Battsek for Passion Pictures. He went on to work with Passion again on the feature documentary Keep Quiet, an account of the remarkable personal transformation a Neo-Nazi politician undertakes on discovering he is Jewish, which premiered in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016. That year he also directed an episode ofCaptive, a Netflix original documentary series, produced by Simon Chinn’s Lightbox, that explores the charged personal and political drama that unfolds when two kidnapped American missionaries become unwitting symbols of the War on Terror. Sam has just completed Make Us Dream, a feature documentary about the footballer Steven Gerrard with the producers behind Senna and Amy.