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:: The Football Factory

With the amount of coverage that football receives across all circles, and the emphasis on the good points of the world game, The Football Factory is more of a documentary into what motivates certain men to turn to violence off the field.

The film is a hard-hitting account of a group of Chelsea supporters who arrange a ‘meeting’ before each game to vent their frustrations. The film is based on the book by John King and has been adapted to show different types of supporters and what's behind their violent actions.

The story is told through the eyes of Tommy Johnson (Danny Dyer). He has a steady job and is enjoying life (including using violence as a form of drug). However, after an encounter with the Millwall firm, a series of nightmares force Tommy to question his dodgy lifestyle and whether fighting is really worth it.

We see working-class men use their drink and drug-fuelled adrenalin rush to fight others and gain a form of power. Nick Love, who adapted and directed the novel, uses his own football knowledge to illustrate why men turn to violence, and this includes creating the character of ‘Zeberdee’, a teenager who is addicted to drugs, but aspires to be respected by the Chelsea firm. His misguiding knowledge spirals towards a life of crime, which ultimately leads to his downfall.

The fast-cutting brutal footage, mixed with the slow-paced emotional scenes, makes the controversial film a fascinating account of hooliganism. The different stories about their experiences and lives is told to try and make viewers partially understand the frighteningly real reason behind their actions.

A mix of satire, sad and startling scenes helps to make this film more complex than people may have originally imagined, with several moving scenes showing the men as they question the consequences of their actions.

The powerful film shows that the beautiful game rears a truly ugly side, which is bound to shock and stun audiences, and will undoubtedly bring English hooliganism back to the headlines - but for the wrong reasons.

DVD Extras

Audio commentay from Nick Love and Danny Dyer
Nick Love‘s short film 'Love Story’
Making of
Alternate opening scene
Deleted scenes
Theatrical trailer
TV spot
Trailers