OMAHA WELCOMES A WORLD BOXING CHAMPION
The US Premiere of 'Risen' the true life story of Welsh boxer Howard Winstone will happen on March 5th at 6.30pm as part of the prestigious Omaha Film Festival.
Heavyweight World Champion Leon Spinks, who has a cameo in the film, will be attending the event that is already seeing tickets snapped up. This will be the first screening in Nebraska.
The film is expected to be a big hit on the festival circuit after a massive 2000+ audience and over 100 world champion boxers attended it's UK Premiere in Cardiff in July. It was followed up by a sell out VIP Premiere in Mexico City, with 5 time world champion Erik Morales in attendance.
The film has a number of well known faces in it including 'Fringe' star John Noble, British TV star Shane Richie (best known for his role on long running TV show 'Eastenders') and features more world champions that any other film in history!
The movie tells the incredible true story of boxer Howard Winstone who lost three fingers on his right hand at the age of 16 and yet went on to win every honour in his division, including a world title! And all of this while his marriage goes through the tough tests that fame and fortune brings.
Taking over five years to make, the movie was a work of passion and a huge commitment for the Producers and Director Neil Jones. “The experience was the toughest professional experience of my life, but to see the finished product getting standing ovations from audiences now and meaning so much to the people of Wales and around the world, it's all been worth it.” said Neil.
Set in 1950s and 1960s Britain the movie has captured the essence of an era and great lengths were gone to with the production design of the movie for it to be as authentic as possible. The same authenticity was demanded of the boxing, which was full contact with the actor Stuart Brennan trading blows with world champion boxers in the ring to ensure the fight scenes are as realistic, fast and furious as possible.
Nebraska has a great history of boxing champions and actor Stuart Brennan was quick to point this out: “Having a US Premiere in Nebraska is really fitting. The state has had so many great world champions, such as Max Baer, Kid Graves and has also seen so many world championship fights, it's truly a perfect setting. We're very proud to be a part of the festival!”