Do You Want to Win? World Premiere - Leeds International Festival

Do You Want to Win? World Premiere

Leeds International Festival 17 19.10.17

Leeds International Festival 2017 saw the world premiere of Lee Hicken’s football documentary, Do You Want to Win? Based on the story of Elland Road’s legendary comeback team of the late 1980s and early 90s, Do You Want to Win? charts the last swansong of this personal, local, passionate team making it big.

One morning in October 1988, Howard Wilkinson walked into Elland Road to change their history. Built up by the efforts of Don Revie, Elland Road became home to one of Europe’s greatest club sides – Leeds United – who built their reputation as world-class from the lowly position of 21st in Division Two.

Howard WIlkinson came, he saw, and he conquered. He walked into the club, and asked a simple question: “Do you want to win? And will you back a man who says he will?”

Credit: Vinnie Jones arriving at the L17 world premiere
Vinnie Jones arriving at the L17 world premiere

Lee Hicken’s premiere was held on 24th April, twenty five years on from the week United won the league in 1992. Shown at Everyman Theatre in Trinity Leeds, the premiere attracted some of the stars of the club’s shining era, who also star in the film – including Vinnie Jones, Howard Wilkinson, Bill Fotherby, Gary McAllister, Dylan Kerr, Alan Sutton and Eddie Gray.

More than 600 sports and film fans also came down to catch this amazing premiere, and salute United’s champion team of 1992, many of whom were in attendance. They came to watch a tale brimming with nostalgia for a different era of football, and a defining moment for this club, and for the city as a whole.

From a team with bristling crowd problems and rife racism, who were trailing along, kicking their heels in Division Two, Wilkinson created superstars.  Leeds United learnt to respect themselves, their team and their fans – and won the loyalty and respect of their city full of fans along the way. This story features interviews with the footballers and key figures themselves, and tells the story of a true triumph in British sporting history, all set in our amazing city.

The project illustrates Leeds International Festival as the perfect platform for collaboration, bringing together as it did The City Talking, BlackBox Creative and the BBC to help fund this feature-length documentary. Released (and soon trending) on Amazon Prime, as well as on DVD, after the red carpet premiere, football fans from across the world got to partake – even if they couldn’t get down to the premiere itself.