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We are setting out to make George Best: The Movie, the definitive story of one of the greatest footballers ever, and we want to involve you! Make a contribution to the movie budget and choose your amazing reward – from exclusive merchandise to being in the movie yourself!
The movie is fully endorsed and supported by George’s sister Barbara, and a percentage of profits will be donated to the Mary Peters Trust, which incorporated the George Best Foundation this March.
George Best hailed from humble beginnings, but was blessed with a prodigious talent which saw him named the greatest player ever by the likes of Pelé, as well as a personality and charisma which endeared him to the hearts of millions. Now, thanks to Tifosy, you can be a part of this story. We need your help to raise the budget needed to make the film – specifically to shoot footage of George as a young man (played by an actor) in Belfast.
“I think it will be fantastic, this film could be a sensation. Nobody’s ever made a film about a footballer…you’ve got Seve Ballesteros and golf, there’s a million films made about American football… nobody’sever made one about a football player. Pelé said he was the best player ever. That’s not a bad recommendation is it?”
Paddy Crerand - Manchester United 1963-1971
THE MOVIE : A SYNOPSIS
We meet George as a shy boy played by an actor, growing up and playing football on the streets of Cregagh, east Belfast. The top club scouts are dissuaded by his stick-thin physique until United’s Bob Bishop sees something in this scrawny youngster and takes a chance that his unique gift can conquer all. Bishop dials in a telegram to his manager Busby concisely reading: “I think I’ve found you a genius.”
Best arrives at Old Trafford and at 17 he makes his full professional debut for the Red Devils. From here, George himself takes over via key footballing moments, insightful interviews and previously unseen footage. Through the honesty of his own lips and the eyes of others, we will see George becoming entangled in the temptations of the Swinging Sixties as the first footballing rock star with a blistering soundtrack of sex, booze and colour. Despite the pressures and challenges he faces, George is grateful for the chance he was afforded to board this rollercoaster ride and showcase his dazzling genius.
With this film, we can now take that ride alongside him.
“As soon as I saw him in training, I knew he was going to be a special talent. He’s the best player I’ve played against, certainly in this country without a doubt, so it will be interesting to see what sort of film they can make of him. I hope it’s a success…football supporters around the world would be interested in seeing it, so that makes this worthwhile.”
Pat Jennings - Northern Ireland National Team 1964-1986
Like every film, George Best: The Movie is starting out as an idea without a budget. In today’s ever more competitive film industry, even an exciting project like this one can struggle to get funded. So we have decided to get the fans involved, so that they could be part of telling the story of a legend. We want to make a movie George himself would have been proud of. So we’re offering everyone the chance to do their bit for the making of the movie, and in return to get closer to George than you’d ever think possible.
We’re starting out with a target of £500,000. The money raised will go towards making the live-action sequences of George’s early life growing up in east Belfast, playing football on the streets of the city and developing the talents which were to make him famous around the world.
Any money raised beyond the target will go towards the film as well – it will just mean an even better movie! So even if we do reach the target, you can still contribute!
WHAT ARE THE REWARDS?
In exchange for your contribution to the movie, you can pick one of the amazing exclusive rewards listed on the right of the page. Here is just a small selection for you to choose from!
Red Devil T-Shirt worn by the very lovely Hayley McQueen from Sky Sports
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When will the movie be made?
Schedules are still being developed but our best guess is that production will take place in the second half of 2016. As things get clearer we will update this.
When will the movie be released?
Current estimate is beginning of 2017
When will the various items be shipped and/or available?
We will aim to send many items (Certificates, Posters, T-shirts, footballs) shortly after receiving your contribution. But some items we cannot send until the movie is finished and released – such as the digital copy of the movie, thanks on DVD, premiere/after party tickets, associate producer credits, private screenings and the screenplay. The rest will be in the middle – visits to set / appearing in the movie, internships on set, and the photographs which will be shot during filming.
How do set visits work?
Once we’ve confirmed our filming schedule and locations, we will send you a list of dates to choose from. Please note that travel is not included, so you’ll be responsible to get to the set. Once you arrive, we’ll show you a good time. You’ll get to spend the day, see some filming, be in a scene or two as an extra (if you chose that reward), and meet some of the cast. Every day is different on set, so we can’t tell you exactly what to expect. But you’ll get to see the nitty gritty of the making of a movie—and you’ll be a part of it!
What about the premiere / launch event and after-party?
We won’t finalize plans for the premiere and the after-party until we’re well into post-production. We can tell you that the premiere & after-party will be in London and there will also be a launch event in Belfast. Travel is not included, so all backers -- domestic and international -- are responsible for all travel and lodging arrangements. International backers are responsible for securing any necessary visas and approval by the Dept. of Immigration for entry into the UK.
How will private screenings work?
If you purchase a screening, we will make arrangements to show the film at a cinema or screening room in or near the town of your choice when the film is ready. We’ll work with you to coordinate dates and locations and make our best effort to find a suitable location nearby and a time that works. We’re going to try to do these screenings before the film’s release so you get to see it early, but we can’t promise that will work out in every case.
Are travel and accommodation paid for if I travel to the set?
No. Travel, lodging and transportation to events and set visits not included in any reward bundle
How can I pay?
You can pay with any major debit or credit card.
I’m not from the United Kingdom. Can I still contribute?
Yes, donations are accepted from most countries. Not only that, we will also take care of shipping you the reward(s) you have chosen.
What will happen if you don’t reach the target?
If we don’t reach that target, we will try to make up the deficit from other funding sources. If we are unable to raise enough money to go ahead with production (through Fanfunding and other means), contributors claiming rewards which are dependent on the film going ahead would receive a refund for their contribution.
What will happen if you exceed the target?
Any money raised beyond the target will go towards the making of the film as well – it just means an even better movie! So even if we do reach the target, you can still contribute!
Are there additional payment processing or shipment fees on top of what I contribute for a reward?
No, you only pay the amount stated for the reward. All other costs are included.
I don’t have a credit or debit card. Can I still contribute?
We would love to get your contribution, and we can find another way for you to pay offline. Please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request, and we will make sure we handle it.
Where is my money going?
All funds will go into a George Best : The Movie production account, except for the fees taken by Tifosy for running the campaign.
What will you do with my personal information?
We will never store your credit card info anywhere. We use a secure payment process provider to process payments, so we don’t have to touch your payment information. We will use your name and email to deliver your contribution receipt, any rewards, and keep you up-to-date with campaign information. On occasion, we will use these details to share details of other Tifosy campaigns and the projects of trusted partners which might be of interest to you. If you prefer not to receive such emails you will be able to unsubscribe. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for more details.
Can I deduct the contribution from my taxes through Gift Aid?
No. The film production company is not a charity, so unfortunately this will not be possible.
Can I give the reward as a gift to someone else?
You certainly can! While you are giving your personal details during the contribution process, you can edit the shipping address to send it to whom you prefer, and then you can fill in the name of the person to be written on the corresponding Certificate of Contribution.
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