'Our Club', the acclaimed film which tells the story of how Portsmouth FC was brought back from the brink of oblivion by its supporters, has won an award in a prestigious international football film festival.
The Yokohama Football Film Festival 2021 was held over from 2020 because of the pandemic, but is finally going ahead this coming weekend.
And 'Our Club' has been recognised with Pompey being accorded the ‘Best Club’ award in the festival.
Jury member Junki Koike, a professional footballer in Japan, said: “They had many changes of ownership and then bankruptcy. That was just like Tokyo Verdy, which I played for last year, also changed its top management.
“That’s why I thought a lot of things while watching it. Now I play in Yokohama FC which is also a citizens’ club. I wish Portsmouth Football Club good luck.”
'Our Club' will be shown at the festival on Sunday, October 10 and in a cinema in Yokohama on Tuesday, October 12.
The film was up against stiff competition, including 'The Miracle of Tapei', about how a small town team in Germany represented their country in the Women’s World Cup in 1981 and 'The Bromley Boys', a comedy based around following the non-league club in the late 1960s.
Barnaby Fox, director of the film, said: “We greatly appreciate the ‘Best Club' award. Thank you to the jury. The film’s executive producers Colin Farnery and Ian Silvester were both heavily involved in saving Portsmouth FC. Such recognition is a tribute to all involved, but mainly the fans!”
For more information and streaming options, visit www.ourclubthemovie.com