In case you have by no means or hardly ever been to a soccer match in the UK, then this movie will both shock you in to vowing that English soccer shouldn’t be an expertise you wish to put in your bucket record or you could determine that you just wish to expertise this at first hand.
Both method, you may be shocked to find that a lot of the enjoyable begins earlier than the match – and the phrase is used relatively loosely right here: this isn’t a household outing to a theme park!
There may be the regulation on the one hand, within the form of the police and the dysfunction on the opposite – within the flowing, chanting mass of the followers.
Duane Hopkins’ brief six minute movie, Twelfth Man, was commissioned by Mexico’s Arte Mecanica as a part of an anthology of 31 brief movies commemorating the 2014 World Cup.
Whether or not they had been making an attempt to eulogize British soccer or condemn it’s utterly a matter of perspective. Though the movie is brilliantly shot I for one can’t see it enhancing the status of your common English soccer fan!
The movie focuses on the age-old rivalry between Sunderland and Newcastle followers and all the footage is from the build-up to the sport relatively than the match itself. To start out with the followers are (pretty) orderly and this slowly however absolutely transforms right into a chaotic, atavistic presence. That is soccer tribalism at its rawest and most vocal.
You may reduce the ambiance with a knife because the rival followers make their method to the stadiums – they individually and collectively make up the Twelfth Man of the crew (and the movie’s title). All informed they’re much extra Vinnie Jones than Gary Lineker and though it’s not in my nature to really feel sorry for the forces of regulation and order, I’ve to confess to a grudging sympathy for them right here. How they need to dread Saturdays!