22 April 2010
Blue Moon Rising follows a group of Manchester City fans throughout the 09/10 season, beautifully capturing the emotions every football fan feels along the way. From the initial hope and optimism following the takeover by Sheikh Mansour of Abu Dhabi and the ecstatic disbelief of a 4-2 win at high-flying Chelsea, right through to the depths of despair after a last minute derby defeat to Manchester United; the cinema quality 'Red' cameras were there to capture it all.
Made by leading sports media company, Endemol Sport, the film also takes the viewer from the terraces to the board room with exclusive behind the scenes footage of the club's new owners. Among the dedicated fans featured in the film is former Oasis front man Noel Gallagher who appears on camera to talk about his life-long passion for the club.
Blue Moon Rising is directed by Stewart Sugg who has directed BAFTA and Cannes Grand Prix winning productions and produced by Nick London, one of the UK's foremost documentary producers with credits including Sky One's BAFTA award winning series 'Ross Kemp In Afghanistan'.
The film will debut on the big screen in summer 2010 with theatrical distribution handled by Endemol in partnership with Robert Mitchell, former UK Head of Buena Vista International.
Global TV and DVD distribution will be handled by Endemol Worldwide Distribution.
Manchester City's Brand and Marketing Officer David Pullan comments: "Blue Moon Rising reinforces Manchester City's standing as the most fascinating story in the world of football. We wanted to give football fans around the world a unique insight into the club and its future by getting them close to the action in this unique year. It will be a lasting testimony to one of the most exciting years in Manchester City's history."
Gregg Oldfield, Managing Director of Endemol Sport adds: "Our aim is to create something on an epic scale that will capture the beautiful game as never seen before. Blue Moon Rising will combine cinematic production value and breathtaking footage with the very real human drama that defines the club and its fans. This promises to be an entertaining, intimate, and funny film that reveals a passion for football rarely seen before on the silver screen."