The story of England’s 1966 World Cup hero Geoff Hurst is coming to the screen in a brand new feature documentary, Hurst The First & Only.
2023 has been light on announcements for new sporting feature documentaries thus far, although expect that to dramatically change in the months ahead. But here’s the first we’ve learned of, and it centres around England football world cup legend Geoff Hurst.
Directed by Ron Scalpello, Hurst The First & Only will presumably require a new name before it arrives before our eyes. It’s named after the fact that Hurst was the only person to score a hat trick in a World Cup final. Well, right up until December, when France’s Kylian Mbappe became the second.
The film itself will tell the story of Hurst, his career and his life. Due for release on DVD and Blu-ray this coming March, the synopsis for the film reads as follows…
Hurst is internationally regarded as a hero, but heroes are open to the same slings and arrows as the rest of us. He was on the dole a matter of months after his career in football ended, he lost a brother to suicide and then a daughter to a brain tumour.
These are deeply personal and emotional events. Anyone anywhere in the world can identify with them. Hurst addresses them with honesty – almost brutal honesty – and so opens a window on an intensely human and warm story, with highs and lows, smiles and sadness.
Friends and peers like Wolfgang Weber and Wolfgang Overath, who were part of the German team in 1966, add to the story. They are joined by England manager Gareth Southgate, England captain Harry Kane and the nation’s leading goal scorer Ellen White. We also hear from Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, Declan Rice, Harry Redknapp, Jermaine Jenas, FA Chair Debbie Hewitt and a host of others, including Carli Lloyd, the only female player to have scored a hat trick in a World Cup Final.
Hurst featured in two World Cups and made himself a star the world over. But even stars are human. He has a moving and inspirational tale to tell, not just about football, but about his battles with setbacks and tragedies that everyone can understand. That everyone will care about.
We’ll keep you posted about any name change…
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