Thank You Stan is received with praise
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BAFTA-award winning animation and director Tony White has taken two years to create
a unique hand-crafted animated tribute (in a short documentary style) to football’s greatest
ambassador (Sir) Stan Matthews, in honour of his centenary year. The centenary of Stan's
birth was Sunday, 1st February 2015. 


The film, which was inspired by the book Stanley Matthews: The Black Man with a White Face
 by Geoff Francis, has already been entered into more than 20 film festivals around the world,
and will be screened in locations as far flung as Los Angeles, Ohio and Mexico (for which a
special Spanish version has been created). The UK version of the film has been voiced by
Stoke-on-Trent North MP Joan Walley, who is a Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary
Football Committee. Joan knew Stan well in his final years and shared a passion for football.
Also featured in the film are the voices of Desmond Tutu and the shy maestro, Stan, himself.
Music for the film was composed by James Bell of All Out Music. 


The film was well received at its first public airing at the Beeston Film Festival, Nottingham, and
the shorter ‘Birthday Tribute’ version was screened on a new commemorative page for Stan
Matthews on the Football Association’s website. The 'Birthday Tribute' version was chosen for this
purpose as the full film with the narration had to be reserved in order to be eligible for
film festivals.
Film Festival Acceptances
Special Mention Award of Merit IndieFEST

Official Selection Cine de Deporte
Official Selection Beeston Film Festival
Official Selection TOPSHORTS Online Film Festival
Official Selection Blue Sky International Animation Festival

Screened live for 24 hours on Feb 1st through the Sirstanimation website - it clocked up thousands of views

Staffordshire University Film Archive
Ray Johnson screened the film at a special evening celebrating Stan's life at Staffordshire University Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. A selection of documentary films charting the career of our greatest footballer and universal soccer icon – including the last ever interview with Sir Stan – in the centenary week of his birth.

The FA website
The film had a private screening in Spain, by special arrangement.
BBC Radio Stoke broadcast  Saturday Breakfast  Saturday 24th January 2014
The interview starts approx 1 hr 07 minutes in 
Stoke Sentinel
Forbes magazine
Forbes magazine have done an article on Stan (prompted to do so by contact from Tony White). They’ve also put a link to Tony’s film at the end.
Forbes South Africa
The Stan Matthews article in Forbes Africa magazine was based heavily on Geoff’s book, Black Man with a White Face (and they even use this title for their article) plus interviews with Geoff and his help on research.
The piece in this video, talking about the new issue, is about 3 minutes in.
International Times
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