The Chronicle berichtte zojuist een review over de documentaire ‘We are the Geordies’. Enkele weken terug was de trailer al te zien waarin documentaire makers Zahra Zomorrodian and James DeMarco enkele gepassioneerde Newcastle United supporters volgt in het seizoen 2016-2017 toen de Club na degradatie weer actief was in the Championship. Een ding staat voorop; de documentaire straalt passie uit en is een echte van en voor Newcastle United supporters waarin ‘de gewone man en vrouw’ centraal staat.
Lees hieronder de review van Chronicle journalist Andrew Musgrove;
”If you ask people to describe ‘We Are The Geordies’ in just one word you can be assured that passionate or emotional will come up more often than not but I’m going to settle on relatable. WATG is passionate and it certainly got me emotional more than once – but more than anything else, it was relatable. Relatable in the sense that the Newcastle United fans chosen to document the Championship winning season of 2016-17 have stories that the majority of people reading this will relate to.
I know it’s not the most exciting word – but it’s a huge compliment to those at FNA – because, in a year in which we have lost that connection of going to St James’ Park to watch our beloved Toon Army, the moviemakers have given us it back. Zahra Zomorrodian and James DeMarco have gone and found charismatic supporters – comfortable at telling their stories on camera, but more importantly, they are stories that you, I or anyone who holds Newcastle close to their hearts will be able to tell.
People like Davy, just years after fronting a rock band is now in a wheel-chair but through the pain and frustration – Newcastle is the hope, the boost that can brighten his day.
For those watching they might look at Davy and think of their own hardship – for me, it was the loss of a family member, a few days later I attended a game. Newcastle was the outlet to make me forget for just 90 minutes.
Or there’s Sima whose upbringing meant supporting Newcastle wasn’t something she could do openly – that story won’t be alien to some.
And that list goes on – Scud and Whistler, two life-long best mates constantly taking the Michael out of each other but whose common love is Newcastle United, Elaine who first went to the football with her dad, starts this movie going with her daughter and finishes with her grandchild in tow too who she jokingly says might end up being called Rafa.
That hit a chord with me – I made the same joke with my partner and settled on calling the gold-fish Rafa and Benitez instead.
There’s plenty of other characters that the film follows, such as our very own Mitch the Geordie Dentist and his dad George who the film-makers admitted to me they could make a whole movie on, and the point is – the tales to how they’ve become so obsessed with United are all our reasons too.
The movie itself – you know the story – United are expected to be promoted, the pressure on Rafa Benitez and his players is huge and in the end, they make it and end up clinching the title on the final day of the season.
Along the journey are the ups and downs we all remember – the poor start, the good run, the January transfer fall-out, the QPR defeat, the Burton debacle, Brighton and Huddersfield away, and clinching promotion against Preston.
The journey is captured by a mixture of high-quality footage and the simple but arguably more effective videos from the stands – either submitted by fans or caught by the filmmakers themselves.
Newcastle United gave them access to Benitez, press conferences and pitch-side – meaning the reactions of the manager and fans are raw and real – and it really does make a difference.
The anger of Benitez after the January window – there was a real feeling he might walk away – is captured in the press conference after the Huddersfield defeat at St James’ Park, and you can’t take your eyes off it. He’s fuming.
To the confusion against Burton after Matt Ritchie’s penalty kick was chalked off and a free-kick given – George turns to the camera and in a state of disbelief just openly admits he’s no idea what is going on.
For me the best moments are in the instant reactions to the goals and the vital wins – Elaine’s wordless reaction to beating Preston is something I wish we could bottle, the same for the final day against Barnsley.
The joy of seeing Dwight Gayle add to United’s lead superseded by the whispers that Aston Villa have drawn level at Brighton – a result which would hand United the title, and the way the words spreads like wildfire through the Gallowgate. There’s flailing arms, no-one quite sure of what is going on, false starts and then a nervous wait…
Suddenly, there’s a roar – a realisation that Newcastle are up as Champions. Davy turns to the camera and smiling, while fighting back the tears, utters the words ‘it doesn’t really matter but it does’, while Scud looks down the camera from a height in the corner and just nods.
Newcastle had done it.
If you’re reading that and worried you might get a bit emotional when you watch the clip – it’s okay, I did.
It made me long for a full and rocking St James’ Park – a stadium largely full of strangers but come a Saturday afternoon, you’re part of a 52,000 strong family. That United community.
You’ll fight back the tears on more than one occasion in this movie – when Davy tears up himself and tells you about his love for Newcastle United, or when Rafa Benitez lifts the title.
It’s an emotional ride perfectly captured by the fans – not the famous names (Rafa does appear as does Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand and John Gibson) but the average man and woman.
It shows the importance of Newcastle to every demographic – old, young, man, woman, black, white, Asian – something the filmmakers were important to show.
Quite frankly, they’ve done a cracking job – and while we wait for the nod to return to St James’ Park, this goes some way to filling the void.
You can purchase the movie by visiting www.wearethegeordies.com,,.
Een absolute must watch voor iedere Newcastle United supporter. Zie bovenstaande link voor meer informatie, trailer en een pre-view.
NEWCASTLE UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED!!