Will (2011 film)


Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ellen Perry
Written by Zack Anderson
Ellen Perry
Starring Damian Lewis
Jane March
Bob Hoskins
Kristian Kiehling
Music by Nigel Clarke
Michael Csányi-Wills
Cinematography Oliver Stapleton
Edited by Derek Burgess
Lesley Walker
Release dates
4 November 2011
Running time
98 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £35 million
Box office £24 million (including DVD sales and direction)

Will is a 2011 British sports drama directed by Ellen Perry and starred Damian Lewis, Perry Eggleton and Bob Hoskins.


This film centres on the trials and tribulations in the lives of two main fictional characters eleven-year-old Will Brennan and Bosnian footballer Alek and their trek to see Liverpool play AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League Final at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.

Brennan is Liverpool's number one fan, able to recite facts ad infinitum about the club and at a public school in the south of England since his father Gareth (Damian Lewis) is emotionally unable to care for him following the death of Will's mother. Gareth appears one day out of the blue with tickets for Liverpool's trip to the Champions League Final. Unknown to Will his father has health problems and suddenly dies and in his belief that the adults in his life are conspiring to quash his wish to get to the match to honour his father, two of his mates at school start Will on his way for reason of their own. His being missing becomes world-wide news and he encounters others that either support Liverpool or the game of football. One of these is Alek, in Paris, who stopped playing the sport following a tragic incident due to his own actions in his hometown during the Bosnian War.

Alek is initially reluctant to get involved for various reason but a friend does his best to encourage Alek to recover from his personal demons by helping Will reach his destination. The two are off on the final leg of the journey stopping along the way in Alek's hometown where they elude police. Although they reach Istanbul they do not have tickets but in the quest to get them Liverpool stars Kenny Dalglish, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, recognise him who come to the rescue and makes possible for Will to realise his dream and much more than he could have imagined if his father's original plans had come to be.[1][2]

Partial cast

Filming Locations

The production filmed in Kent in May 2010 at The Port of Ramsgate, The Port Of Dover and The White Cliffs of Dover. The locations feature at the start of Will’s journey to Istanbul, as he smuggles himself onto a freight lorry in order to cross the sea to France.[3]


  1. Will | UK Cinema Release Date
  2. yumpu, "WILL Production Notes", A Strangeloves Films and Galata Fils Production 2011
  3. Kent Film Office. "Kent Film Office Will Article".
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