Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

World Premiere

Shankly: Nature's Fire

This screening is a world premiere of Shankly: Nature's Fire, a film commissioned by BBC Scotland.

There will be a post-screening Q&A with journalist and author Brian Reade, ex-Liverpool players Ian St John and Phil Thompson, and filmmakers Mike Todd and Peter Hooton.

Please be advised that there will be no organ ‘prelude’ with organist Dave Nicholas.

Shankly: Nature’s Fire, is a film that searches for the soul of British football. It is a poignant and nostalgic journey into the origins of the world’s favourite game, and a study of Britain in the 20th century and of the rise and fall of the industrial heartlands where the sport meant so much to so many.

It is also about how heroes still matter – and how legends are born that transcend generations. Few people have made such an impact through sport as Bill Shankly. In exploring his life, the film looks at why this man – and his singular vision to make Liverpool the greatest football club in the world – came to leave such a legacy in his adopted home city.

Shankly was born and raised in the now almost mythical town of Glenbuck: the Camelot of football. What was the culture and ethos of Shankly’s upbringing that became so intertwined with his philosophies about football and life?

Following the basic arc of a biopic, the film will also interweave a contemporary narrative of Liverpool now, of fans today and how they still rally around Shankly’s name. With extensive archive, mixed with interviews and observational footage, the film will give contemporary viewers a real sense of Shankly’s personality and the time of his reign.

Two years in the making, filming was finished on the project in May 2017 with an impressive array of contributors involved: players such as Ian St John, Denis Law, Roger Hunt, Kevin Keegan, Steven Gerrard and commentators including legendary sports writer Hugh McIlvanney and author Irvine Welsh, as well as family members and fans.

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