Spencer shoots on to the silver screen

Spencer Phillips of Bispham, who was involved in the filming of a movie about Sir Matt Busby.
Spencer Phillips of Bispham, who was involved in the filming of a movie about Sir Matt Busby.

TALENTED young footballer Spencer Phillips certainly made an impression in his latest endeavour.

But this time it wasn’t just on the pitch that he impressed.

The seven year old excelled in front of the cameras after he won a small acting role in a film about footballing legend Sir Matt Busby.

The film team were so impressed with his screen presence they gave him a larger part with some of the best lines in the whole film.

The funny and touching movie is called Theatre of Dreams and stars Scottish film star Brian Cox as Busby, the legendary former manager of Manchester United.

Based around Busby’s later years when he had retired from the game, the film shows how he gets involved with some talented. but cheeky, young footballers after they steal his wallet!

Likened to film hit Billy Elliot, it is expected to be released in cinemas across the country next summer after filming was wrapped up in August.

Spencer, who attends Norbreck Primary School, became involved in the making of the film after attending a football presentation event at Thornton Little Theatre.

Theatre boss Karen Roberts was involved in the film through her work with the Paul Nicholas School of Acting, and was on the lookout for youngsters who could play football.

Proud mum Samantha, of Leys Road, Bispham, told the Weekly News: “Spencer has been involved with Blackpool Rangers and, funnily enough, the Manchester United School of Excellence.

“He was attending a presentation which just happened to be at the theatre and Karen saw him with a trophy and asked if he wanted to be in a football film.

“We made a one minute video showing his football skills and sent it on to the film makers. Spencer was invited to an audition in Manchester and was told they wanted him in the film.

“At first he had just one line and his character didn’t even have a name, but they seemed to like him so much his role got bigger and they ended up calling his character Spencer. It was a great experience for him, filming around Salford.”

Now Spencer and his parents look set to be attending a couple of glittering film premieres next year.