A Fine Point Films and Passion Pictures production, with support from ESPN Films, Northern Ireland Screen and BBC Television.
Premiere: London Film Festival 2016
Trevor Birney | John Battsek | Brendan Byrne
Deirdre Fenton | John Dahl | Connor Schell | Libby Geist | Jamie Balment | Justin Binding | Andrew Reid
Maradona. Pelé. Best. Northern Ireland’s legendary star remains one of the most naturally gifted footballers there has ever been. Famously called the ‘best player in the world’ by Pelé, George Best galvanised Manchester United’s five-year recovery from the tragedy of the Munich air crash. His skill and exuberance inspired them to win league titles and the European Cup, even though he was little more than a teenager. Tragically, his career in the upper echelons of sport was over before he turned 29, the result of his bruising battle with alcoholism and the crushing pressure of modern fame. (After all, this was Britain in the frenzy of Beatle-mania and 1960s youth culture, where Best was dubbed ‘El Beatle’ by the world’s media.) Producer John Battsek (2016’s Oscar-nominated Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, The Imposter, Project Nim) and director Daniel Gordon re-team after their acclaimed, Emmy-nominated Hillsborough to deliver a heart-breaking portrait of one of the world’s truly great sporting talents, whose extraordinary gift was decimated by his own addiction.