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Walk Like A Panther

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A feel-good comedy, set in Yorkshire, in a similar vein to The Full Monty and Calendar Girls.

The film centres on The Panthers, once a staple of British wrestling’s heyday, drawing in millions of viewers both at live events and on shows like ITV’s World of Sport. Think low-budget, Bingo Hall chic – and stars like Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks. But that was 30 years ago. And where once they were likely to find themselves locked in a painful submission hold on a Saturday night, now it’s more probable it’s a lock-in, in their local pub, The Half Nelson.

When it’s announced that the pub is to close, and property developers begin to move in on the watering hole, the group of retired wrestlers hatch a plan to save their beloved boozer by putting on the show of a lifetime. I, Daniel Blake’s Dave Johns and top character actor Steve Graham play a father-son duo who set out to save their community, rekindling old friendships and family ties along the way.

The film’s optimistic take on stark social issues isn’t surprising given that it’s being produced by the team behind The Full Monty. And with an ensemble of plucky, ageing Northerners returning to the professional wrestling business after decades away (the pies and pints may have taken more of a toll on their bodies than the suplexes) this is a feel-good hit.