DCSIMG

Damned United: Release date set for Leeds United film

Leeds United fans can today kick off the countdown to the release of a movie based on one of the most turbulent episodes in the club's history.

Filming has now been completed on The Damned United, which tells the story of Brian Clough's infamous 44-day spell as Leeds boss in 1974.

* CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE LATEST EDITION OF THE BOOT ROOM WHERE THE TEAM LOOK FORWARD TO SATURDAY'S CLASH AGAINST HEREFORD.

And with post-production work well under way, the Yorkshire Evening Post can reveal that the 10m feature has been slated for nationwide release on March 27.

A spokeswoman for one of the film's financiers, Sony Pictures

Entertainment, told the YEP that plans were being put in place for a glitzy premiere, although she could not say when or where it would

happen.

Fresh details have also emerged about the locations used during the shooting of the movie.

It was already known that some of the soccer action sequences had been filmed at United's Elland Road ground and Saltergate, home of League Two side Chesterfield FC.

The full list of shooting locations, however, also included Headingley Stadium, the old Cookridge Hospital site, a linen hire firm in Armley and Scarborough's Esplanade Hotel.

Street scenes were filmed in Armley, Beeston and Adel.

Based on Yorkshire author David Peace's acclaimed novel of the same name, The Damned United charts how Clough was fired after failing to win over a dressing room fiercely loyal to Don Revie, his legendary predecessor as Leeds manager.

Cloughie is played in the film by Michael Sheen, who starred as Tony Blair opposite Helen Mirren in The Queen.

Other cast members include Timothy Spall as Clough's sidekick Peter Taylor, Colm Meaney as Revie and Stephen Graham as Leeds captain Billy

Bremner.

The Damned United is being made by production company Left Bank Pictures, with financing from Sony, BBC Films and Screen Yorkshire – the Leeds-based organisation which promotes the county's cinema, broadcast and media industries.

 
 
 

Back to the top of the page