In a break from tradition, members of the public will be able to join celebrities and the stars of film, television and the boxing ring, at the World Premiere of the Welsh-made film Risen, about the inspiring life of Welsh World Boxing Champion Howard Winstone.
The highest profile World Premiere ever to be held in Wales, and one of the largest ever attended film premieres in the world, the event opens a major 3-day international boxing festival being held in Cardiff from 29-31 July. Supported by Cardiff City Council, and in part by the Welsh Assembly Government, the Festival will be attended by dozens of the greatest names in boxing history, and modern-day stars like David Haye and Vitali Klitschko.
Directed by award-winning Merthyr-based film-maker Neil Jones, Risen stars John Noble (from cult TV series ‘Fringe’), Shane Ritchie, and the largest number of World Champion boxers ever gathered-together in one film, playing a wide range of lead and cameo roles. The champions in the film are: Erik Morales, Tim Witherspoon, Leon Spinks, John H Stracey, Richie Woodhall, Glenn Catley, Enzo Maccarinelli, Alan Minter, Steve Robinson, Jane Couch, Robin Reid and Junior Witter.
Stuart Brennan, the actor who plays the lead role of Howard Winstone trained for 5 years for the role, and reached a standard of fitness and technique which many world champions admired, recommending he turn professional and properly challenge for a world boxing title!
Event organiser Kevin Hayde said:
“The whole Festival is being designed to be as accessible to ordinary people as possible, with low ticket prices and opportunities for fans to meet champion boxers. The film premiere is an important start to celebrating the heritage and camaraderie of the Welsh and global Boxing communities.
“It’s been said by the BBC that this will be one the great boxing films. We want everyone to come show their support for Wales, for contemporary Welsh culture and for a Welsh legend, as Wales hosts the World in one of the greatest extravaganzas that the sport of boxing has ever seen.”
The film’s Director, Neil Jones, who’s preparing to shoot his next feature film in Wales in November, commented:
“As a Merthyr-boy I grew up on the inspirational stories of Howard Winstone, and it has been a privilege to have the opportunity to make the film of his life, to do most of the filming in Merthyr, and to launch it so spectacularly before an international and boxing audience.
“Everyone should know the boxing ring scenes are real, with no punches pulled, and we have a stellar line-up of boxers playing some of their own childhood heroes.”
The World Premiere of Risen will be held at the Cardiff International Arena on Thursday 29 July 2010. For those people wanting to join celebrities and boxing stars, tickets are available from the CIA box office or at the WBC Night of Champions festival website www.wbcnightofchampions.com
Proceeds from the World Premiere and the Festival will be going to two charities: Noah’s Ark, supporting the children’s hospital, and WBC Sporting Chances, a long-term legacy project to support disadvantaged youth and the rehabilitation of young offenders in South Wales.