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Rhinos heading for Hollywood as well as Old Trafford

6th October 2017 | 11:35 am

By Phil Daly

Leeds Rhinos go in pursuit of more history this Saturday when they take on local rivals Castleford Tigers at Old Trafford in the Betfred Super League in their tenth Grand Final appearance but now the story behind one of their previous glories is set to hit the big screen.

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Leeds Rhinos go in pursuit of more history this Saturday when they take on local rivals Castleford Tigers at Old Trafford in the Betfred Super League in their tenth Grand Final appearance but now the story behind one of their previous glories is set to hit the big screen.

As Good As It Gets? is a feature-length documentary film about Leeds Rhinos, premiering at Leeds International Festival 2018. It is a story of sacrifice, glory and the agonising pursuit of a legacy. The film stars Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Brian McDermott, Gary Hetherington and more; it is narrated by actor Matthew Lewis.

The documentary has been in production for the last 6 months and is the brainchild of Rhinos star Jamie Jones-Buchanan and his partners at RugbyAM and The City Talking. The film is produced by The City Talking in association with the Age Partnership, it is comes from the same stable that created the critically acclaimed ‘Do You Want To Win?’ which told the story of the last Leeds United Championship winning side of 1992. That film was part of Leeds International Festival ’17 and the premiere was attended by amongst others former Leeds United star turned Hollywood actor Vinnie Jones.

The title for the film comes from a phrase Brian McDermott uses with his players to encourage them to enjoy the moment and take opportunities when they present themselves. The film will receive its premiere at the Leeds International Festival on 30th April 2018. Fans can book tickets now for the premiere at www.agaigfilm.com, where they will be joined by a host of former and current players at the Everyman Cinema in Trinity Leeds.

Commenting on the documentary Jamie Jones-Buchanan said, “Sport has a unique power to inspire and enthral the public’s imagination. 2015 was an incredible year for us as we said goodbye to three legends, won every trophy available and elevated Rugby League to a new level with Kevin Sinfield’s fantastic achievement at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. But those huge public occasions are just part of the story and this film reveals for the first time all the sacrifices and decisions that allowed history to be made. This Saturday we go back to Old Trafford hoping to lift another Super League title where there are more brilliant stories to be written and I am sure the lessons of history will inspire us once again.”

Lee Hicken, Chief Executive of The City Talking, commented, “After speaking with Jamie, there was only one film we were going to make after ‘Do You Want To Win?’. This is not just a film about Rugby League, it is a story about a group of individuals who were confronted with incredible challenges and achieved incredible things. We can’t wait to share this film, and the untold stories of these brilliant individuals, with new audiences from around the world.”