RTE’s George Hamilton to Host Q&A at the ADIFF BEST (George Best: All By Himself) Screening
RTE’s George Hamilton will be interviewing BEST (George Best: All By Himself) director Dan Gordon and producer Trevor Birney following the films screening at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival next week. The Irish broadcaster who is probably known best for his football commentary grew up not too far away from a young Best in Belfast.
George Best remains one of the most naturally gifted footballers there has ever been. Famously called the ‘best player in the world’ by Pelé, Best galvanised Manchester United’s five-year recovery from the tragedy of the Munich air crash in 1958. His skill and exuberance inspired them to win league titles and the European Cup, even though he was little more than a teenager. Tragically, his career in the upper echelons of sport was over before he turned 29, the result of his bruising battle with alcoholism and the crushing pressure of modern fame.
Tickets for the Audi Dublin International Film Festival screening on Saturday 18th February, Cineworld Dublin, 8.45pm are on sale now at http://www.diff.ie/festival/film/best or by calling +353 1 687 7974
Producer John Battsek (2016’s Oscar-nominated Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, The Imposter, Project Nim) and director Daniel Gordon re-team after their acclaimed, Emmy-nominated ESPN Films’ documentary Hillsborough to deliver a heart-breaking portrait of one of the world’s truly great sporting talents. The biopic was commissioned by the BBC and made by Fine Point Films (the acclaimed team behind Bobby Sands: 66 Days).
The documentary had its world premiere at the BFI London International Film Festival in October, was produced by Trevor Birney, John Battsek and Brendan J. Byrne for Fine Point Films, Passion Pictures, VeryMuchSo Productions and ESPN Films, with support from Northern Ireland Screen and BBC Television.
The film will then go on general release in Ireland and the UK on Friday 24th February.