Sylvester McCoy’s life story to be brought to the screen by Film Stories

Film Stories magazine has announced its first ever movie project, Sylvester: Who’s The Real McCoy?, a film that sees the celebrated actor and former Doctor Who lead Sylvester McCoy telling his remarkable life story on screen.

Sylvester: Who’s The Real McCoy? Film Poster (Film Stories, 2023)

The announcement was made over the weekend, as Sylvester celebrated his 80th birthday – a birthday he shares with fellow Who star Sophie Aldred.

The film is currently in post-production, and release details will be announced soon.

The actor explores his youth growing up in Dunoon, his training to be a priest, and how he made the jump from working in the city of London to a life of performance.

There are the adventures in the Ken Campbell Roadshow, his journeys around the world, and – of course – his life as the universe’s most famous Time Lord in Doctor Who, and his time in Middle Earth across The Hobbit movies.

Sylvester also candidly tells the story of losing his father just before he was born, his mother’s mental health battles, and growing up with family members in the absence of his parents.

The film, the first ever kind of memoir by the actor, is centred around a specially-filmed new interview and conversation with Sylvester, as well as materials from his personal archive. There is a sporting chance that the playing of spoons may be involved too.

Sylvester: Who’s The Real McCoy? is a Film Stories and Whynow production, executive produced by Sylvester McCoy and Clare Eden, produced and directed by Simon Brew.

Film Stories magazine Issue 45

The monthly Film Stories magazine was launched in November 2018, utilising a wide range of new writers, offering features on all sorts of films, big and small. They have also showcased a whole bunch of primarily British films on their covers, that weren’t getting covers anywhere else.

The Film Stories podcast, hosted by Simon Brew, looks to dig into the stories behind popular movies. From troubled productions, to rights issues, to difficulties with release to films nearly falling apart, the podcast looks at the stories that don’t always seem apparent when watching a movie!

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