Diehard football fan Shane Boyle is producing an exciting documentary that explores football and music fanaticism and how these are expressions of the cultural history and identity of a city or country.

It’s an ambitious project, traveling across Europe exploring cities such as Newcastle, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Milan, Rome, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Barcelona. The scale of the original idea however was initially not as grand.

“I had originally thought I’d simply write a blog” explained Boyle.

“But with the mobile nature of camera technology these days I was able to put a crew of people together that had the writing and film expertise to make this thing happen.”

Combining his love for football and music with another outlet, Boyle hopes to show viewers hidden truths about the places the documentary visits.

“The third is passion of mine is anthropology which I have always had a sneaky obsession with. I love observing people and finding out why they act as they do, and historical cross cultural comparisons.”

An example of a hidden truth of which Football. Music. Culture hopes to explore can be found in Rome.

“There is an ancient act of stabbing your enemy in the ass cheek. Not life threatening, but you know about it for weeks on end. They’re in your head. It still happens within the AS Roma and SS Lazio hardcore fans.

“I want to explore that.”

Boyle and his production team are seeking $12 500 in funding for the project to cover filming and editing expenses, and are crowdfunding through Pozible. They are already more than half way to achieving their goal, with just under a month left to go. You can contribute to their campaign here.

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