The City Talking Studios have embarked on two major new projects about Scottish football giants Glasgow Rangers and legendary former wrestler ‘The British Bulldog’, Davey Boy Smith, after toasting double success in the Royal Television Society Yorkshire annual awards.
We won Best Documentary Series for Take Us Home: Leeds United, a stunning behind-the-scenes portrayal of the Elland Road giants during their heartbreaking 2018-19 season.
We were also recognised for Best Use of Music and Sound for the six-part docu-series, which was narrated by Hollywood actor Russell Crowe and broadcast on Amazon Prime Video to huge acclaim.
Now, however, our highly-talented team have begun work on two more major sporting productions, including a film based on Rangers’ historic European triumph almost 50 years ago.
Rangers72 will tell the remarkable journey to the European Cup Winners’ Cup which saw Willie Waddell’s side overcome tragedy, unjust defeat and unimagined triumph on the road to glory in Barcelona.
The 90-minute film will include never-before seen archive footage and interviews with former players and key characters, supporters will be able to relive the incredible events of that iconic season.
Director Giuseppe De Luca said: “Rangers’ journey to the final of the 1972 European Cup Winners’ Cup is one of the most special and defining footballing stories never told.
“It has all the hallmarks of a sweeping, grecian narrative; drama, chaos, hope, redemption – and yet it was played out, in real time, in front of the eyes of its emotional fanbase in desperate need of a miracle.
“The film will tell the story of Willie Waddell’s men, in the shadow of the Ibrox disaster, taking the spirit of Glasgow to Barcelona, via the best of Europe; a chaotic defiance of circumstance, they give us everything from pitch invasions to corridor presentations, with accidental penalty shootouts and competition bans in-between.
“Stories like these come once in a lifetime and they deserve to be told.”
The City Talking Studios have also begun production on a feature-length documentary about the life of British professional wrestler Davey Boy Smith, who tragically died aged 39.
The film, entitled ‘Davey Boy’, follows his journey to stardom in the World Wrestling Federation, which culminated in a main event match against champion Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart at Wembley Stadium in front of 80,000 fans.
Executive Producer Lee Hicken said: “The story of Bulldog is not just about his in-ring, athletic accomplishments, but tell the story of Davey’s life away from the squared-circle.
“It will be something special and we are delighted that Davey’s family are part of the production and will help us to tell his extraordinary story to audiences around the world.”