“United, the BBC film of the Manchester United, Munich air disaster, was partly filmed in Tyneside Cinema, Classic auditorium. There were about 30 extras and 4 actors including Sam Claflin in an early role, again the magic of television 34 people can look like a full cinema. A number of shots were done from various angles, in which we were to whoop and cheer with four of the Manchester United team in the audience, as the Pathe News real announces they had won the cup, I think, and then look shocked as news of the air disaster is announced, these would then be inserted into the completed film in the appropriate places. Take one, the director, ‘ United have won the cup, look happy, applaud, cheer, aaand Action!…..Nothing, a little bit of clapping, the odd, ahhh, Cut! ‘Can everyone put more into it, United have won, really go for it’, aaand Action…..WHOORAH, YIPPEE, AHHH, loud applause, they got the shots. Another humorous addition to the shoot, even the actors found it funny. As some of the shots of us looking shocked at the air crash would be filmed from behind, looking at the cinema screen, the actors were asked if they would be in the scene and to sit low down or put a hat on as disguise. So in the completed film, four of the footballers in the air crash are sitting in the audience watching it. The magic of television”
Submitted by Brian Thompson, Supporting Artist.