From the director of Brassed Off and Little Voice, Purely Belter is a feel good drama in the grand tradition of great British underdog films, full of warmth and heart.
In Newcastle-upon-Tyne, two teenagers, Gary (Chris Beattie) and Sewell (Greg McClane), find escape from their difficult home lives in their close friendship and passion for football. Together they share an impossible dream of buying season tickets to watch Newcastle United, and the film follows their quest over the course of a year as they attempt to scrape together the cash through various schemes, scams and misadventures. Shot entirely on location in Tyneside, there are starring roles here for landmarks from Grey Street and the Swing Bridge to The Angel of The North (“the guardian angel of toe rags”).
A likable watch featuring touching performances from its two young leads, Purely Belter combines empathetic social drama (there are clear echoes of Kes) with bittersweet comedy. It’s also, of course, a celebration of the Beautiful Game and there’s plenty of jokes here for Magpies and Mackems alike.
High Level Bridge
St James’ Park
Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Running Time: 1hr 37mins
BBFC Advice: 15
Director(s): Mark Herman
Country of Origin: UK
Year of release: 2001
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