Jack to a King – The Swansea Story

Jack to a King – The Swansea Story

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Marc Evans
Produced by Gwenllian Hughes
James Marsh (associate producer)
Mal Pope (executive producer)
Edward Thomas (associate producer)
David Canelo
Written by Mal Pope
Music by Mal Pope
Cinematography Catherine Derry
Edited by John Richards
YJB Films
Sapex Scripts
Release dates
  • 12 September 2014 (2014-09-12) (United Kingdom)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Jack to a King – The Swansea Story is a 2014 British documentary film directed by Marc Evans[1] about Swansea City Football Club over the period July 2001 to May 2011. It focuses on the club's rise from almost going out of business at the bottom of the Football League to the glamour of the Premier League.[2] The documentary was released on 12 September 2014.[3][4]


Director Marc Evans stated that

"Jack to a King is essentially a cinematic celebration of a story that a lot of us are familiar with but don't know the detail of."[5]

Executive producer Mal Pope added that

"This is a truly remarkable story of how a rag tag band of builders, housewives, teachers and travel agents came together to save their football club and ended up turning their city into a worldwide brand. A story of how sometimes even the wildest dreams can come true!"[6]

Associate producer James Marsh agreed

"The rebirth of a neglected, provincial football club into genuine Premier League contenders is both a romantic modern day fairytale and a gripping thriller of a story. It's a remarkable and surprising tale which will make for an irresistible, highly emotional film that will appeal to anyone who's ever rooted for the underdog."[7]

Photographs, video clips and footage taken by fans during matches participated by the football club are included into this documentary.[8][9]


On 15 August 2014, the first teaser trailer was released on YouTube by the film's official site.[10][11] On 22 August, a full length trailer was released by YJB Films.[12]

At the time of the film's release, Swansea were in joint top position of the Premier League.

The film aired on the American network (and broadcast home of the Premier League in the United States) NBCSN on 15 August 2015.

Home media

Jack to a King – The Swansea Story was released on DVD on 26 December 2014.[13]


  1. "Works begins on documentary charting Swansea City's rise to the Premier League". Wales Online. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  2. "Swansea City's rise to Premier League to be made into film". BBC News. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  3. "'Jack to a King' gets release date". Swansea City AFC. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  4. "Swansea City 'Jack to a King' movie all set to hit screens". South Wales Evening Post. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  5. "Swansea City's rise to Premier League to be made into film". BBC News. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  6. "Fans give thumbs-up to Swansea City's film plans". South Wales Evening Post. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  7. "Swans: The Movie! Can you help bring Swansea City's fairytale to the big screen?". South Wales Evening Post. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  8. "Swans fans needed for Jack to a King". Swansea Sound. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  9. "Rise of Swansea City gets movie treatment". BBC News. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  10. "Jack To A King: Swansea City documentary trailer released online". Wales Online. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  11. "VIDEO: Jack To a King film teaser trailer takes us from ruin to rejoicing in 45 seconds". South Wales Evening Post. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  12. "Jack to a King: Watch the full trailer for the Swansea City rags to riches documentary". Wales Online. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  13. "Swansea City fans offered chance to be club director for the day as Jack to a King is released on DVD". Wales Online. Retrieved 3 January 2015.

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