Magazine article Screen International

Blitz Spirit

Magazine article Screen International

Blitz Spirit

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The producers of Wartime Wanderers, the true story of the 1939 Bolton Wanderers football team which signed up to serve in World War II, have come up with an innovative way to finance their film whilst also raising money for charity.

Tim Purcell and his fellow producers decided to set up a production fund in aid of four charities as a way of allowing people to make small investments into their film. Money raised through this route will first be used to produce the film and then the income from the film's release will be paid to the charities up to the full value of the fund. And it means that investors can put in as little or as much as they like.

The film began life as a book written by Tim Purcell and Mike Gething which Purcell went on to turn into a screenplay with Jack Seddon in 1996. It tells the true story of the Bolton Wanderers' football team which signed up in its entirety to serve in World War II. …

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