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Feel-good comedy The Bromley Boys to premier at Wembley Stadium in May

PUBLISHED: 17:07 06 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:20 12 April 2018

Jamie Foreman plays Charlie McQueen in the film. Picture: Dan Goldsmith

Jamie Foreman plays Charlie McQueen in the film. Picture: Dan Goldsmith

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Funny, feel-good football comedy The Bromley Boys will have its world premiere on May 24 at Wembley Stadium.

Martine McCutcheon stars as Gertie Roberts. Picture: Dan GoldsmithMartine McCutcheon stars as Gertie Roberts. Picture: Dan Goldsmith

Funny, feelgood football comedy The Bromley Boys will have its world premiere next month at Wembley Stadium.

Inspired by the book of the same title by Dave Roberts, the film tells the story of the author as a 15 year-old and his passion for Bromley FC.

Leading lady Martine McCutcheon said: “For me, the most important factor in taking on any film or TV role is the script – I have to love it.

“I’ve now seen the finished film and did absolutely love it.

“It’s a beautiful heart-warming story – very funny and with a great period soundtrack too.

“We need more British films like this.”

The impressive cast is headed by young Brenock O’Connor (Game of Thrones) as Dave, and also stars Alan Davies, Jamie Foreman, Adam Deacon, Ewen Macintosh (The Office) and Gareth Hale (Hale and Pace, Extras).

Set on the cusp of the 1970s, and played out to the nostalgic sights and sounds of the era, including the music, wide collars and moustaches, the film captures the lengths to which a devoted fan will go to save his beloved football club, and the difficulties thrown up when your first love turns out to be the belligerent club chairman’s daughter.

The Bromley Boys is a story of the underdog coming good, first love and the beautiful awkwardness that goes with it.

Co-producer TJ Herbert, who obtained the rights to the film after discovering the story in a local bookshop, said: “I came across the book seven years ago at Waterstones in Bromley - I saw a poster of the author Dave Roberts and thought it sounded like such an interesting book.

“I tracked down Dave who was in America at the time and that’s how it all started.”

Bromley residents will also be familiar with the locations used for filming - to recreate the level of detail and to really transport the audience into the period, the set, costume, make-up and art departments had to adapt some modern scenes for the movie.

An initial problem was finding a football club that could be dishevelled and taken over, and fortunately, Crockenhill FC offered their grounds as Bromley FC had undergone a recent refurbishment.

The Crofton Heath Estate in Orpington was used for David’s family home and, as a quintessentially British suburb, it offered the perfect original family 1970s’ ambience.

TJ added: “Initially, getting finance for the film was a challenge it is a small story about a local football club, and when you’re pitching that to investors it’s hard to convince them.

“But the film also touches on so many universal themes and now it looks as though it could definitely put Bromley on the map internationally.”

TJ - a Bromley local himself, has lived in Bickley and Beckenham.

He said: “That gave me a real understanding of the place.

“It was important give the film a real Bromley feel.”

Fittingly, the Wembley premier of the film will be shown four days after Bromley FC will actually be at Wembley for the FA Trophy Final.

TJ said: “It’s unbelievable because that is not a common thing.

“I’d love to say that we planned it but we didn’t, it’s a nice coincidence.”

Talking about the film’s universal nature, TJ said the film touches on more than football, describing it as “Billy Elliot meets The Full Monty”.

TJ also toured Bromley schools for local youngsters he could cast in the film, and the children in the school scenes were chosen from the audition search.

He hopes that their first taste of working on a movie encourages their performing and creativity.

The cast is joined by several up and coming actors, including Betsy Blue-English, discovered through the Bromley-wide talent search – and freestyle footballer Sean Garnier.

The film is directed by Steve Kelly (City Rats) and produced by Herbert and Dean Fisher.

The world premiere will be on May 24, and it will be shown in cinemas from June 1.

To buy tickets for the Wembley premiere visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-bromley-boys-world-premiere-wembley-stadium-24th-may-2018-tickets-44139424206?aff=eac2.

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