Local Heroes: new film charting Nottingham Forest’s successes of the 1970s

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The stories of Viv Anderson, Garry Birtles and Tony Woodcock are explored in a new film tied to the successes of Nottingham Forest Football Club.

A growing collection of documentary films is springing up, telling stories of sporting successes over the past decades, and the cultural impact of them. The latest centres on players for Nottingham Forest Football Club in the 1970s and 80s, a time when the team reached the pinnacle of Europe. But it also follows what happened next.

Entitled Local Heroes and directed by John Warrington, the film covers the stories of Garry Birtles, Tony Woodcock and Viv Anderson, and the synopsis for it reads as follows…

Local Heroes is set against the cultural, economic, and social backdrop of Britain in the 1970’s and is a deeply personal film in which the three recount their climb to the top of the professional game during a period of austerity and economic turmoil.

Their triumphs were not just on the football field but also off it, as they overcame hardship and discrimination to reach the pinnacle of the game. The determined attitude to succeed against all odds is a characteristic which they have all had to rely on since retiring from football. Illness, tragedy, and a shocking family discovery have touched the lives of Anderson, Birtles and Woodcock in recent times. 

It’s been set for release on DVD and Blu-ray on June 5th 2023. At the moment, we don’t have a trailer, but you can gleam a little more at the listing page for the disc release. You can find that right here.

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