Drama - Development 2017

"Gangs of New York" meets "Field of Dreams" in Irish Victorian Glasgow!

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Drama, Historical
    • Countries
    • Budget
    • 10 - 25 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Synopsis
    • A major new feature film from the celebrated and award-winning director Peter Mullan.

      This intense family drama is located in the Irish immigrant community in Glasgow in the 1880s. The narrative revolves around the foundation of Celtic Football Club.

      The club was founded by a member of the Marist teaching order, Brother Walfrid, on an ethos of charity and social commitment.
      Football was to provide funds to feed the starving children and the unemployed in the east end of Glasgow.

      ‘On another bitingly cold November in 1887, a hand-written circular was passed around the needy of the area. It stated simply: “A football club will be formed for the maintenance of dinner tables for the children and the unemployed”. Eighteen words. Eighteen words that formed the foundation of an institution the world now acclaims as Celtic Football Club.’

      From the very beginning Celtic also became a powerful and unique symbol of hope and pride for these despised Irish aliens struggling against poverty and discrimination in an aggressively unwelcoming environment.

      The already overburdened Irish labouring community turned up in their droves and worked for free to build the club’s first stadium. The landlord’s extortionate rent demands forced a move to an adjacent site in 1892. The workers did the same again here, building their own field of dreams with their sweat and toil.
      Visitors to the new ground were so impressed that one journalist, noting the proximity to
      the Eastern Necropolis, famously commented the move was akin to “...moving from the graveyard into”.
      Paradise; the semi-ironic name for their “holy ground” was quickly adopted by the community which had established the ambitious and forward-thinking club.

      The narrative will focus on a family from Donegal struggling to establish themselves in a new environment every bit as challenging as the one they had left.