First look: Sir Alex Ferguson doc heads to Amazon this May
James R | On 18, Feb 2021
Sir Alex Ferguson is heading to Amazon Prime Video this May, with a new documentary about the football managing legend.
Recovering from a life-threatening brain haemorrhage and acutely aware that his memory might desert him, the manager begins to recount the most important stories of his life to his son Jason in Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In. Featuring exclusive and previously unseen archive footage, the documentary charts the life of Sir Alex Ferguson, from his working-class roots in Glasgow to his career as one of the greatest football managers of all time. Directed by Sir Alex’s son, Jason Ferguson, it includes insights from Alex’s family as well as former players, such as Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs, Gordon Strachan and Archie Knox.
Sir Alex recalls his career vividly – recounting the stories behind his most influential defeats, trophies and players. From his own successful playing career and prolific goal-scoring at Scottish clubs, including Rangers, to his move into management and leading Aberdeen to the European Cup Winners’ Cup and then finally his move south to Old Trafford. Under Ferguson’s guidance, Manchester United won a glittering array of trophies, including 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two UEFA Champions League titles. He has won more trophies than any other manager in football history.
This is a film about the bond between a man and his family, an exploration of leadership and mental toughness and a celebration of one of football’s greatest careers.
Ferguson says: “Losing my memory was my biggest fear when I suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2018. In the making of this film I was able to revisit the most important moments of my life, good and bad. Having my son Jason direct this film has ensured an honest and intimate account.”
A DNA and Passion Pictures production In Association with Ventureland, and produced by Andrew Macdonald (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later), John Battsek (One Day in September, Searching for Sugar Man) and Allon Reich (The Last King of Scotland, Never Let Me Go), the film will be released in UK cinemas on 27th May (coronavirus pandemic allowing) and will then be streaming on Amazon Prime Video from 29th May. Before then, you can catch its UK premiere on 6th March at the Glasgow Film Festival. For more information on the festival, click here.