Star studded premiere of The Bromley Boys takes place at Wembley Stadium
PUBLISHED: 11:23 29 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:15 29 May 2018
It's not every day you get to spot Bromley landmarks on the big screen, but now, thanks to the dedication of producer and Bromley local TJ Herbert to get David Roberts' heart-warming football story into a major film, the borough has been put on the map as the setting of hilarious new comedy The Bromley Boys.
Wembley Stadium was packed full of the film’s stars last Thursday (May 24) as the premiere took place.
Many of the big faces of the film, including Martine McCutcheon, Jamie Foreman, Brenock O’Connor, Adam Deacon and Savannah Baker arrived in classic 1970s cars, and were joined by celebrities from the world of entertainment at the Sir Bobby Moore entrance of the famous stadium.
Brenock O’Connor (Game of Thrones), who plays leading man David Roberts said: “It’s just a beautiful story about a small town with a bad football club.
“The era of the film is my dream era - the portrayal of life in the 60s and 70s is fantastic as is the music and everything that goes with it.”
Brenock admitted that the film changed his perceptions of football, having not been much of a fan of the sport.
He said: “I went to see my local club, Worthing FC in preparation for the film.”
With a quintessentially British cast, humour and setting, the film is rife with passion – mainly David’s passion for all things football and Bromley, but also that of awkward first loves in the nostalgic backdrop of the cusp of 1970s Britain.
The film depicts 15-year-old David, who has fallen head over heels for Bromley FC – the worst team in Britain, and his falling for the team chairman’s daughter Ruby (Savannah Baker) which soon follows only adds more comical drama to his life.
The film is about David’s journey, from his dedication to being one of the team’s only supporters, to his strained relationship with his father (Alan Davies), who disapproves of his son’s obsession with the sport, to his romance with Ruby and his mission to save Bromley FC.
When asked what her favourite part was about playing leading lady Ruby McQueen, Savannah Baker said: “She’s just such a sweet character - she’s very shy and I have never played a character like that.
“I also relate to her as she’s not a football fan at all which I’m not, and she falls for a boy who is obsessed with it.
“I loved the fact that the film was set in the 1960s because I’ve never done anything period before.”
Playing David’s supportive mother Gertie is Martine McCutcheon, who said the film’s script is what attracted her to take the role.
She said: “It was a beautiful script and I found it really exciting.
“Also knowing I would be working with such a great cast, with the likes of Alan Davies, I just couldn’t wait.
“They’ve all been so supportive and given so much encouragement.
“I love the character - Gertie is such an amazing mother to her son, so it’s lovely to play her.”
Martine, who has just finished her latest tour, said her next project will be working on a musical adaptation of popular Christmas film Elf, which has previously been shown on the West End.
The film also stars Bromley local Ross Anderson, who plays footballer and David’s idol Alan Stonebridge.
Ross, who grew up in Bickley, said: “Alan was a great character to play - he’s a great man who is so down-to-earth and I have actually had the fortune of meeting the real man himself.
“The film appealed to me because of the comedy and also the football element was a big thing.
“I sort of support three teams myself - Arsenal, Bolton and of course Bromley FC.”