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Swans: The Movie! Can you help bring Swansea City's fairytale to the big screen?

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: June 24, 2013

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IT has been a roller coaster ride following the Swans over the years.

From the brush with relegation from league football, to the heady heights of the premier competition, the club's story is one waiting to be told.

And now that is exactly what is about to happen, as Swansea's highs and lows are coming to the big screen.

Oscar and Bafta award winners are to tell the story of the Swans triumphant rise to the Premier League, in a film, called Jack to a King.

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The star-studded team behind the project includes Oscar-winning James Marsh, who won an Academy Award for his documentary Man On Wire, executive producer, and two-time Bafta Cymru winner, Edward Thomas, as well as director Marc Evans, the man behind Swansea-based musical Hunky Dory, and multi Welsh Bafta winning feature film Patagonia.

Also on board is editor Gregers Sall, who worked on double Bafta award winning film Senna, and Swansea's award-winning broadcaster and documentary maker, Mal Pope.

James Marsh said: "The re-birth of a neglected, provincial football club into genuine Premier League contenders is both a romantic modern day fairytale and a gripping thriller of a story.

"It's a remarkable and surprising tale which will make for an irresistible, highly emotional film that will appeal to anyone who's ever rooted for the underdog."

A spokesman for Swansea City Football Club confirmed film makers are being given unprecedented access to the Premier League club, and added: "We're thrilled to be working with YJB Films on this exciting project. It's a real first for the football world. Swansea City's success has really caught the attention of a global audience."

And movie-makers are also appealing to Evening Post readers for their help - and the chance to get their name on the film's credits.

They are looking for photographs, video clips and digital film that readers have taken at Swansea football games, in any format, no matter how archaic, from the old days at the much-loved Vetch Field, to the recent glory years at the Liberty Stadium, up to and including the victorious day that Swansea made it into the Premier League.

And it's not limited to the action on the pitch.

They are asking fans to dig out the footage hiding in attics and cupboards which features fans and photographers, sounds and images of fans meeting players and travelling to Swans games, crowd chanting and banter, film of open-top bus celebrations, and recordings of old radio shows and phone-ins.

Director Marc Evans added: "This is not just a film about the rise of Swansea City Football Club, but the story of a town and the people who made that club what it is today."

Items can be dropped off at reception at the Liberty Stadium, the Evening Post office in Adelaide Street, or Swansea Sound. Or alternatively visit www.jacktoaking.com for information on how to send in pictures and footage.

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  • confused67  |  June 24 2013, 3:31PM

    Ah! the good old days.The late fifties is when my journey began with the Swans and is still going.I was a young lad,could'nt afford to pay to get in the Vetch,so I started selling football programmes, as well as getting a few bob I got free entry into the Vetch. I was the noisy the noisy one who used to stand outside Watches of Switzerland shouting programmes Swansea Town programmes.Those exciting games watching who we considered to be our heroes, even tried to emulate them playing football in Cwmbwrla Park with six or seven of my mates. Ah! yes those were the days.

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  • ReecoRees  |  June 24 2013, 12:20PM

    I can tell you a few tales, they say some are myth, some say they actually happened, all I know is Tony Petty didn't stay long. ATB. Reeco

  • TaipeiSteve  |  June 24 2013, 11:24AM

    If James Marsh can direct the movie to reach a standard that is anywhere near that of 'Man of Wire' (http://tinyurl.com/58edzs), it will be an absolutely cracker of a documentary.

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