City on the Oscars: Blue Moon Rising
- Thu 24 Feb 2011, 4:00PM
- Posted by Emily Brobyn
If we were to pick a potential frontrunner during Oscar’s season for Best Picture, it would undoubtedly have to be our very own Blue Moon Rising.
The popular City documentary was released late last year and quickly occupied the top spot in the sports DVD charts on the run up to Christmas, with many Blues receiving it as presents to watch during the festive period.
It’s a unique look at a football club: from following the highs and lows of a group of obsessive supporters to exclusive access behind the scenes at the City of Manchester Stadium, Blue Moon Rising takes viewers on a journey through the first full season at City with Sheikh Mansour in charge.
The film combines unprecedented match day footage and interviews with past memoirs from fans who are quick to reminisce and share their most poignant experiences during their time as City fans. It’s thought-provoking, engaging, emotive and utterly compelling- and you don’t have to be a Blue to appreciate it. It depicts a labour of love that many fellow football fans are able to relate to.
In true Hollywood style, the glitzy Premiere for the film in Manchester last September attracted a plethora of stars of music and television, along with manager Roberto Mancini and several members of the first team squad who all walked the blue carpet. Producer Nick London was in attendance and was quick to recognise the appeal the film had to fans of the beautiful game.
“This is a film seen through the eyes of a group of City fans and what it means to love a football club,” London said.
Through them I am sure it is a film to which all football followers can strongly relate. We can’t thank City enough for the access they allowed us. It’s what has contributed to making the film so special.
What makes the film so special is just how much football fans are able to relate to situations portrayed throughout its duration. It demonstrates how football can be so intertwining into everyday life and attempts to explain the reasoning behind the loyalty and passion- something often so inexplicable.
The main characters of the film are a group of passionate fans who travel home and away to matches in their trusty vehicle ‘Helios’. Along the way they experience the highs and lows that come with supporting City, along with friendship, love and sadly, loss. Everything portrayed throughout the film is real; real emotions, real infatuation and a real belief in following a team regardless of what life may throw at you.
Whether the Best Picture Oscar this year goes to a film depicting a tormented ballerina or an English King struggling to overcome his speech impediment, an absolute must for any DVD collection has to be a film that demonstrates true passion, obsession and football. It has to be Blue Moon Rising.