“Fred Dibnah: The Movie” in the works

Posted On February - 2 - 2010

The life of steeplejack Fred Dibnah is to be turned into a blockbuster movie.

Plans for the film are still being drawn up, but a website has been launched in a bid to attract the necessary funding from the film industry.

The project is still in the early stages, which means that no decision has been made about who will play Fred, who lost his battle with cancer in November, 2004.

Those behind the project are hoping to replicate the success of recent biopics The Damned United, which told the story of football manager Brian Clough’s ill-fated spell at Leeds United, and An Education, based on journalist Lynn Barber’s memoirs.

Congleton-based filmmaker Ian Williamson said: “After the recent success of British-made films such as The Damned United and An Education, we are hoping to make Fred Dibnah The Movie the UK’s next potential blockbuster.

“Fred was an extraordinary character who remained totally untouched by his national celebrity status.

“He was a down-to-earth working man who made everyone he ever met feel like they had known him for years.”

Mr Williamson is also hoping the project will raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Fred’s widow Sheila, who conducts talks around the country about her late husband’s work, has backed the idea in principle.

She said: “I don’t know anything about this particular project, but anything that keeps Fred’s name alive in a positive fashion has to be a good thing.

“I will be curious to see who plays Fred in the film and I am not sure what he’d have thought about all this attention.”

This year looks set to be a busy one for Fred’s legions of fans.

Last month, Leon Powsney was granted permission by Bolton Council to turn Fred’s former home in Radcliffe Road into a museum and heritage centre, which he hopes to have open by April 28 — the birthday he and Fred shared.

To find out more about the film log on to freddibnahthemovie.co.uk (ed:link fixed) or to donate to the film’s Cancer Research UK appeal, visit justgiving.com/ freddibnahthemovie.


8 Responses to ““Fred Dibnah: The Movie” in the works”

  1. m house says:

    ab fab sounds great i can not wate for this to happen and it will be very interesting who will play fred on the audio book fred the biography it was read by a actor who stared in casulty on tv but the way that he read it was just like fred and how fred sounded so i hope that thay get some one like him but looks like fred as well.

    • Joe says:

      Yes, it’s interesting news.

      I know the audio book you mention, the person who read it was Clive Mantle. Must track down a copy of it. Thanks for reminding me about it.

  2. yvonne smith says:

    my husband david would be fantastic to play fred, he is almost like a reincarnation. he looks like him, talks like him and can drive and dismantle/put back together a steam traction engine. we saw shiela dibnah at a steam rally last year and she even agreed that he looked like fred. i can send you photographs if necessary but please do not overlook this e-mail he is fred

  3. m house says:

    try your local libary for the audio book that is were i borrowed my copy on cd and thanks for the reminder of clives name i just could not remember it when i was last posting but clive does a great imp of fred.

  4. Joe says:

    Seems we have some more suggestions on who should play Fred.

  5. john burns says:

    I will be one of the first to see this!

  6. Gary Jones says:

    Think Tim Healy would be ideal to play Fred, saw a recent picture of him in the paper with a flat cap on and he looked the spitting image.

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