The Damned United (Left Bank Pictures) is based on the David Peace novel of the same name charting Brian Clough’s troubled 44-day tenure at Leeds United. Set during the 1960s and 1970s, filming is took place at Elland Road and around Leeds with support from the Screen Yorkshire Production Fund (2003-2010). The film went on general release in March 2009 and is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Set in 1960’s and 1970’s England, The Damned United stars Michael Sheen (The Deal, The Queen, Frost/Nixon) as the legendary, opinionated football manager Brian Clough with Timothy Spall (Secrets and Lies, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Sweeney Todd) as his right-hand man, only friend, and crutch Peter Taylor. Colm Meaney (Layer Cake, Intermission, The Commitments) plays Clough’s nemesis Don Revie and Jim Broadbent plays Sam Longson, Derby Chairman.
Screen Yorkshire supported the film through its Production Fund and provided locations and crewing support. Yorkshire locations used included Leeds United, Elland Road, Cookridge Hospital, Headingley Stadium, The Royal Hotel (Scarborough), Bradford Police Station, Armley and Beeston streets and Studio 81/Leeds Independent Studios.
From the best-selling and critically acclaimed novel by Yorkshire born writer David Peace, The Damned United is adapted for the screen by Peter Morgan (The Queen, The Last King of Scotland, Frost/Nixon), directed by Tom Hooper (John Adams, Longford, Elizabeth I) and produced by Andy Harries. Christine Langan, Hugo Heppell and Peter Morgan are executive producers.
The Damned United is a Left Bank Pictures production, supported by Screen Yorkshire through its Production Fund, in association with BBC Films and Columbia Pictures.
What the critics said:
“Sheen hits screamers into the back of the net pretty much every time he’s on screen…one of the best footie-based flicks in memory.” – Total Film
“Premier league quality filmmaking.” – Q
“Sheen stamps his dominance on every scene in which he appears…a damned fine movie.” – The Telegraph