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The Story of QPR to preview R'Story alongside Joey Barton at Loftus Road press launch on Wednesday 4th February ...

THE Story of QPR invites press to join QPR in the Community Trust and the Octavia Foundation at Loftus Road next month for the exclusive launch of their upcoming documentary film.

R’Story – as chosen by the fans – explores the highs and lows of QPR during the R’s 133 year existence, charting the history of the club from its very beginnings in 1882 to the present day and promotion back to the Premier League.

Told by a broad tapestry of voices from a host of memorable players, past and present, the film features the likes of Rodney Marsh, Les Ferdinand and current R’s boss Harry Redknapp, as well as midfielder Joey Barton – who will be available for questions at the press launch on Wednesday 4th February.

Speaking exclusively in the film on the R’s dramatic play-off final win at Wembley Stadium, Barton said: “I remember going to Wembley Stadium before the game with a few of the lads to have a look around the place just to get used to it.

“There were volunteers from QPR that had made their way to Wembley to sellotape 40,000 flags to seats the day before the play-off final when they probably could have had all manner of things to be doing.

“If ever anything summed up a sense of community, if ever anything summed up one club for me, that was it.”

R’s fans including Ariel Friedlander and Paul Finney – special guests at the Story of QPR’s recent What’s in your Loft? exhibition – also figure in the documentary which explore topics prevalent in the modern football world such as tribalism, multiculturalism, gentrification, ticket prices and the impact of celebrity culture on the sport since the 1960s.

The 60-minute film is the culmination of two years’ work which has seen the intergenerational media project engage supporters, young people and the local community.

The project has worked with youngsters aged 16-24 years old, many of whom not currently in education, employment or training – equipping them with both skills and experience which has ranged from researching old artefacts to following the R’s memorable route to Wembley last May.

Meanwhile, an award made by the Premier League and the PFA (Professional Footballers Association) alongside a £8,000 donation from QPR 1st Supporters Trust have helped support the costs of the project along the way.

Trust CEO, Andy Evans, added: “We’d like to thank the Premier League and the PFA for their support of the project, which has provided a real opportunity for the community to come together to tell the story of their club and local area.

“We are also delighted to be working with QPR 1st in a project that is about identity, local social history and, most importantly, offering young people the chance to learn new skills.

“This project is particularly relevant as the club continues its commitment to its long-term plans. This will provide an important record of the club, staff, players, and fans alike as the club begins a new chapter.”

The press launch takes place at Loftus Road on Wednesday 4th February, kicking-off at 4pm.

The premiere – open to fans and local communities – will be at the Westfield Vue cinema on Thursday 26th February followed by a screening tour of local cinemas, community venues and schools.

Please email andyw@qpr.co.uk to book your place at the press launch.

For more information on The Story of QPR, including access to the full press pack, visit www.octaviafoundation.org.uk/StoryofQPR.

Read more at http://www.qpr.co.uk/news/article/the-story-of-qpr-rstory-joey-barton-press-launch-2208049.aspx#1om3qfr80so3yGrv.99 

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