Screen Yorkshire has announced its investment in Fighting For A City, the latest feature documentary from Leeds-based Moneyglass Films, creators of the critically- and commercially-acclaimed, Being AP.
Filmed over two years, Fighting For A City follows the story of Leeds featherweight boxer, Josh Warrington, as he pursues his dream of winning the IBF world title. In under a month, on May 19 2018, Josh’s journey will come to an end as he gets to fight current title holder Lee Selby at Elland Road, home of Josh’s beloved Leeds United. The film captures the sacrifice and struggles involved in getting Josh to this point and will also look at the aftermath of the clash between Warrington and Selby once the outcome is known.
Josh training at Dicky’s Gym in Leeds with dad Sean
While boxing provides a backdrop to Fighting For A City, the film embraces the universal themes of sacrifice, love, ambition, pressure, joy and despair, making this multi-faceted and sophisticated feature accessible to anyone. Fighting For A City looks at the impact of Josh’s dreams on the relationships of those around him, particularly Josh’s father, Sean O’Hagen, who is also his trainer.
The 90-minute feature is being supported by a #FightingForACity social media campaign while still in production, which will continue up to the release of the film in the first quarter of 2019. Fans of Josh Warrington and the people of Leeds are being asked to join the campaign by following Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using @FFAC and at www.fightingforacity.com. Audiences will be able to get the latest news on the production, as well exclusive behind-the-scenes content.
Hugo Heppell, Head of Investments at Screen Yorkshire said: “Fighting For A City has a great pedigree in Moneyglass Films; their track-record in finding compelling subject matter and telling a brilliant story is outstanding. Added that is the backdrop of Leeds, with its fantastic determination, support and loyalty, making this an obvious investment choice for Screen Yorkshire.”
Moneyglass Films’ Nick Ryle, Producer of Fighting For A City added: “We were looking to follow the success of Being AP with another strong sporting story. When I heard about what was happening with Josh Warrington in Leeds it was immediately interesting, but nothing prepared us for the richness of the narrative and the compelling journey Josh is on. It has been a privilege to tell this story and we are grateful to Screen Yorkshire for helping us to make this happen.”
Fighting For A City is produced by Nick Ryle (Being AP) and Jenny Schofield and directed by long-standing colleagues Greg Hardes and Jacob Proud (End It. For Good). The team are currently exploring distribution opportunities.
Screen Yorkshire has invested in Fighting For A City through its Yorkshire Content Fund, which invests in productions made by Yorkshire based companies or those wishing to set up a base to film in the region. Recent feature film credits include Ghost Stories, Journeyman, Dark River and Official Secrets.
Join the #FightingForACity social media campaign for the most up to date news on the latest news on the production, as well exclusive behind-the-scenes content.