Thank You Stan Wins Gold
with Royal Approval!

THANK YOU STAN directed by Tony White wins ‘International Documentary Short: Gold Award’ at the Documentary and Short International Movie Awards 2015.

THANK YOU STAN is a personal animated tribute to one of the finest football players ever, Sir Stanley Matthews, released on the 100th anniversary of the great man’s birth.

The film was entirely created with hand-drawn animation over a 2 year period and was directed, animated and produced by BAFTA-winning animator, Tony White. The 4 minute 9 seconds long short film is a development piece for Tony’s proposed movie-length production, SPIRIT OF THE GAME, based on the book of the same name by writer Geoff Francis, and featuring the wise ghost of Sir Stan who mentors a young yet troubled boy on the path to footballing greatness himself.

The award ceremony was inaugurated in Jakarta, Indonesia, by His Majesty Sinuhun Tedjowulan, the Prime Minister of Surakarta Hadiningrat kingdom. The Documentary & Short International Movie Award was established to sustain and promote filmmakers, especially independent filmmakers around the world, to continue their creativity and produce their artworks; to inspire all filmmakers to never stop chasing their dreams in creating excellent movies, and to participate in the film industry.

Further information about ‘Thank You Stan’ and ‘Spirit of the Game’ can be found on:
We've just heard that Thank You Stan has been accepted for the very prestigious 
Montreal International Animation Film Festival.
Last, but not least - our congratulations to Jean!

Jean and Bob Gough at Buckingham Palace

Jean Gough, Stan's daughter, has been awarded the MBE for her indefatigable work for services to children and sport through the Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation. 

Jean says, "My father did lots of coaching for young people, particularly in South Africa during the Apartheid and we support Stoke-on-Trent College who go over every year to coach there. This is my father's legacy - so it's very good."
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