New collection of Leeds United films set to hit the cinema screen

Leeds United fans will be marching on to the cinema next year thanks to a new film project celebrating famous characters and tales from the club’s past.

Leeds United Stories Vol. 1 is a collection of five short documentaries about subjects such as Elland Road legend Lucas Radebe and the Whites’ 1993 FA Youth Cup triumph.

Lucas Radebe.

Lucas Radebe.

Other subjects covered include United’s European Cup showdown against Stuttgart in 1992 and the lasting legacy of Leeds manager Howard Wilkinson’s Thorp Arch training ground scheme.

Made by Leeds media company The City Talking, the collection will have its world premiere as part of 2018’s Leeds International Festival.

It is being put together by the same team behind Do You Want To Win?, this year’s acclaimed feature-length documentary about Wilkinson’s Elland Road revolution of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

And today director Lee Hicken revealed plans are in the pipeline for more films charting the ups and downs of the post-Wilkinson years at United – including the swashbuckling Champions League campaign of 2000-01.

He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “After we did Do You Want To Win?, everyone was asking us about a sequel.

“Eventually we sat down and set out a sort of road map for the next two or three years.

“Ideally we want to do two more feature-length films – one of them looking at the Champions League and everything that went on around it – as well as another two of these shorter collections.”

Next year’s Leeds International Festival runs from April 28 to May 12 and, as previously reported by the YEP, its programme will include the first screening of a feature-length documentary about Leeds Rhinos.

Leeds United Stories Vol. 1’s red carpet premiere takes place at the Everyman cinema in the Trinity Leeds centre on May 2.

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