Broadcast Magazine, the TV industry’s leading trade paper, has collected the best of the reviews for our film Boy Cheerleaders that aired last night on Channel 4.
Their cream of the (happily very big!) crop are:
“If those who proselytise on behalf of the Big Society have the slightest bit of common sense, they will ring up the BBC this morning, order several thousand copies of last night’s Wonderland, and post them to every sceptic of plans for the regeneration of civil society with whom they are familiar.”
Amol Rajan, The Independent
“You might make all sorts of assumptions about the sorts of boys who’d join a cheerleading team, especially if it was the country’s only boys’ cheerleading team but this clever, compassionate film blasted many of them to bits.”
Matt Baylis, The Daily Express
“For all the boys’ exuberance – and their third place gained at the UK championships – it was a melancholy tale. You could see the hope – not of further dancing success, but of more distant, unarticulated dreams. If there’s anything more guileless than a prepubescent boy in front of the camera, I really don’t want to see it. It’s beautiful and it tends to break your heart.”
Lucy Mangan, The Guardian
We’re very pleased with the reception we’ve had, and the film will be available to view on iPlayer for the next few weeks if you didn’t catch it last night.
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