R’Story: The Story of Queens Park Rangers Football Club is now available on Video-On-Demand via the project’s website www.storyofqpr.co.uk
An updated version of the film (52mins) will be available to rent for a limited time to precede its DVD release in Summer.
R’Story captures the highs, the lows and the silver linings of the QPR journey through a series of visuals, hitherto unseen archive and captivating interviews with “Sir Les” Ferdinand, Rodney Marsh, Joey Barton, Mark Lazarus and Kevin Gallen to name a few. But this is not only the club speaking – it’s a film by the fans, for the fans.
QPR1st supporters’ trust was among the organisations providing financial support to the project.
Audiences are invited to examine not just the fascinating rise (and fall, and rise again!) of QPR, but also to look at a wider story of celebrity culture, race relations, tribalism and belonging. These are all explored through the prism of football. The film climaxes at last year’s Wembley Play-off final.
The film has sold out in venues such as Bush Theatre and the Lexi Cinema and had steady audience attending local cinemas such as Gate Picture House, Tricycle Theatre and Watermans since its launch VIP film premiere at Westfield in February.
Richard Williams in his Guardian column “QPR fans’ big screen venture shows bigwigs what really makes a club” said:
“Now the fans are getting their own time on the screen in a film called R’Story, which paints a portrait of the club’s modern existence largely from the fans’ perspective. In doing so it reminds us that even at a time when clubs throughout English football are having their traditions and stability undermined by changes of ownership, certain things remain constant – and they are mostly to be found passing through the turnstiles.
The most powerful words in R’Story come from Robert Elms, the radio presenter and a lifelong QPR supporter. A long time ago, Elms says, he realised that when you give your allegiance to a club, what you are really supporting is your fellow supporters.”
The Octavia Foundation and the QPR in the Community Trust partnered in the creation of the film project which has additionally had the social benefit of helping 37 disadvantaged, unemployed young people to gain valuable skills to help them get into work and education.
Max Robson, who was given paid work on the project and one of the film’s young directors was also interviewed for London Live.
To access the film online go to www.storyofQPR.co.uk