George Best: The Movie | Be part of telling the story of a legend

We are setting out to make George Best: The Movie, the definitive story of one of the greatest footballers ever, and we want to involve you! Make a contribution to the movie budget and choose your amazing reward – from exclusive merchandise to being in the movie yourself!

The movie is fully endorsed and supported by George’s sister Barbara, and a percentage of profits will be donated to the Mary Peters Trust, which incorporated the George Best Foundation this March.

George Best hailed from humble beginnings, but was blessed with a prodigious talent which saw him named the greatest player ever by the likes of Pelé, as well as a personality and charisma which endeared him to the hearts of millions. Now, thanks to Tifosy, you can be a part of this story. We need your help to raise the budget needed to make the film – specifically to shoot footage of George as a young man (played by an actor) in Belfast.

“I think it will be fantastic, this film could be a sensation. Nobody’s ever made a film about a footballer…you’ve got Seve Ballesteros and golf, there’s a million films made about American football… nobody’sever made one about a football player. Pelé said he was the best player ever. That’s not a bad recommendation is it?”

Paddy Crerand - Manchester United 1963-1971


We meet George as a shy boy played by an actor, growing up and playing football on the streets of Cregagh, east Belfast. The top club scouts are dissuaded by his stick-thin physique until United’s Bob Bishop sees something in this scrawny youngster and takes a chance that his unique gift can conquer all. Bishop dials in a telegram to his manager Busby concisely reading: “I think I’ve found you a genius.”

Best arrives at Old Trafford and at 17 he makes his full professional debut for the Red Devils. From here, George himself takes over via key footballing moments, insightful interviews and previously unseen footage. Through the honesty of his own lips and the eyes of others, we will see George becoming entangled in the temptations of the Swinging Sixties as the first footballing rock star with a blistering soundtrack of sex, booze and colour. Despite the pressures and challenges he faces, George is grateful for the chance he was afforded to board this rollercoaster ride and showcase his dazzling genius.

With this film, we can now take that ride alongside him. 

“As soon as I saw him in training, I knew he was going to be a special talent. He’s the best player I’ve played against, certainly in this country without a doubt, so it will be interesting to see what sort of film they can make of him. I hope it’s a success…football supporters around the world would be interested in seeing it, so that makes this worthwhile.”          

Pat Jennings - Northern Ireland National Team 1964-1986  


Like every film, George Best: The Movie is starting out as an idea without a budget. In today’s ever more competitive film industry, even an exciting project like this one can struggle to get funded. So we’ve have decided to get the fans involved, so that they could be part of telling the story of a legend. We want to make a movie George himself would have been proud of. So we’re offering everyone the chance to do their bit for the making of the movie, and in return to get closer to George than you’d ever think possible.

We’re starting out with a target of £500,000. The money raised will go towards making the live-action sequences of George’s early life growing up in east Belfast, playing football on the streets of the city and developing the talents which were to make him famous around the world.

Any money raised beyond the target will go towards the film as well – it will just mean an even better movie! So even if we do reach the target, you can still contribute!         

Help bring George Best to the silver screen

Article by Copa Collective member Tifosy