A new film has hit the city’s cinema screens bearing the name of Leeds United’s greatest-ever captain – and, as you’d expect, it is champion stuff.
Shot on a shoestring budget on the streets of Leeds using local cast and crew, Boy Called Bremner tells the story of a young amateur boxer.
The self-funded comedy drama was written and directed by 42-year-old Jason Lumsden, whose son, Sonny, 19, plays the title role of Bremner.
It was given its premiere at the Vue cinema in Leeds’s Light complex last week, with another screening taking place at Kirkstall’s Vue at 7.30pm next Tuesday, October 7.
And hopes are high that the film could now be picked up by the Vue chain for showings around the country.
Former amateur boxer Jason, from Farsley, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The audience reaction last week was great, we couldn’t have asked for anything more.
“The film has been described as a cross between Kes, Rocky and Shameless – I’d say it’s British humour at its best.
“It’s a testimony to what people can achieve when they give up their spare time to volunteer for a cause that they collectively believe in.”
Named after United legend Billy Bremner by his Whites mad dad Jimmy, the film’s hero is desperate to box his way out of poverty and provide a better life for his baby daughter.
A string of outlandish characters crop up during the story, including a fake vicar, an Elvis impersonator and even a horse called Radebe.
Bremner’s dad, meanwhile, is played by Grumbleweeds favourite Graham Walker, who was a dedicated supporter of the project prior to his death last year.
There are also cameos from United great Peter Lorimer and Whites superfan Gary Edwards.
Key behind-the-scenes work on casting and filming was done by Tony McDevit, one of Jason’s old boxing pals.
For more details about the movie, visit the www.boycalledbremner.com website.
Boy Called Bremner isn’t the first feature film with a United theme.
Released in 2006, a bittersweet black comedy called The Penalty King followed the fortunes of a Leeds fan and pub footballer who goes blind through glaucoma in his mid-30s.
The film featured crowd scenes shot at Elland Road and a cast that included Samantha Beckinsale and Clare Grogan.
Three years later came The Damned United, a fictionalised account of Brian Clough’s ill-fated 44-day stay as Leeds manager in 1974.
Starring Michael Sheen as Clough, it took more than £600,000 during its first weekend in UK cinemas.
The film was based on the book of the same name by Ossett-born writer David Peace.