Sky has announced that cinematic one-off feature documentary The United Way, will launch on Sky Documentaries and streaming service NOW on May 24th. The Sky Original film is the epic story of a football club, a city and a man who did more than most to bring success to both. As told by, co-written by and featuring Eric Cantona.
The film shares his unique insights into this iconic club with a fresh perspective on the “United Way”, taking audiences on a compelling ride through the history and evolution of the world’s biggest football club, and the social and cultural environment that shaped it. Exclusive interviews and stunning archive interweave Eric’s story with that of the club.
Viewers will hear from a galaxy of United stars and stalwarts- such as David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Bryan Robson, Brian Kidd, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Teddy Sheringham, Nicky Butt, Peter Schmeichel, the late Tommy Docherty and many more, as well as era-defining figures from the realms of music and politics.
The United Way is at heart a story of the people. It is set against a background of four dynamic decades of change on and off the pitch. Lords Heseltine and Kinnock add socio-political context. Musicians Peter Hook and Shaun Ryder recall the ground-breaking sounds and styles, which, along with the football club, helped make Manchester a pioneering, swashbuckling cultural capital.
Set to the stirring score of five-time Oscar nominated, BAFTA-winning composer George Fenton, this is a cinematic journey to discover the soul of a football club, of a city, of a people.
The Sky Original documentary has been commissioned for Sky Documentaries by Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content, Jaime Morris, Director of Programme Strategy and negotiated and executive produced by Jack Oliver, Head of Co-Productions, Sky Entertainment. The film is directed by Mat Hodgson and produced by Matthew Lorenzo, Daniel Glynn, Andrew Baker and Patrick Nathanson. The film is presented by Ingenious Media in association with Ad Hoc Films, Embankment Films and Cantilever Media and with participation of Canto Bros Productions.
Sky Documentaries is the home of world-class, real life stories from award-winning and emerging film makers, including new Sky Original documentaries, as well as acquisitions from HBO, SHOWTIME® and beyond. With a mix of feature length documentaries and limited series that challenge, provoke and entertain, the channel explores a broad range of topics from sport and real-world controversies through to biographies of some of the world’s most famous and infamous people.