Feature-length documentary The End of the Storm, touted as the definitive inside story of the Liverpool FC 2019/20 Premier League winning season, is heading to Australian cinemas for a two-day limited run this weekend.
And it’s something Liverpool fans the world over should definitely check out, given the unprecedented access to the team amidst one of the most trying times in the sport’s industry, when the ongoing global pandemic slapped a sizeable question-mark on the league.
The film, which will screen across Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December in every major Australian state and territory, has been praised for its insight into what is one of the football world’s most historic modern triumphs, tracking Liverpool FC’s journey to finally being able to lift the trophy that had eluded them for 30 long years.
“The best football is all about the expression of emotion”, says the inimitable Jürgen Klopp, whose perspective is a major focus of the film, alongside first team players like Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk. The enigmatic team and their distinctive personalities reportedly help lift the film beyond your typical sports documentary, coupled with a victory that has been anxiously awaited for decades.
Not often do we get to watch such a cathartic moment play out before our eyes, and getting an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the emotional before-and-after will be invaluable for Liverpool FC fans. Speaking of which, various fans also get their spot on the documentary, sharing what this victory means for the larger culture surrounding the league.
According to the various reviews that are already online, Klopp provides insight into his various philosophies and the childhood that sits behind them, further illustrating the extremely likeable and quick-witted German, who took the manager spot at Liverpool in October 2015.
The film is helmed by Emmy-nominated director James Erskine, best known for his work on One Night in Turin, who describes The End of the Storm as “a story [not just about] about an outstanding sporting achievement [but] also a story about emotion, community and self-belief – in a moment when we need all these things more than ever before”.
Must-see Liverpool FC doco The End of the Storm will be screened in Australia by Madman Films on December 12th and 13th. Head to their website, linked below, for further ticketing details and to see all participating cinemas.