The Three Kings (2020)

  • Documentary, Sport, Scotland
  • 1h 54m

This sports documentary delves into the upbringings and careers of Scottish football managers Matt Busby, Bill Shankly, and Jock Stein. All three were born within 30 miles of each other around Ayrshire and Lanarkshire, and all three achieved stellar success with Manchester United, Liverpool, and Celtic in the mid-20th century.

Despite hailing from similar surroundings of industry and economic depravation, they evolved distinctive methods and personalities, shaping their teams in their own image, capturing their success in their own particular ways. They became fierce rivals and the best of friends.

From the Oscar-winning producer of the groundbreaking Senna, this film is great watch for any viewer. Sport aside, it tells the stories of three Scotsmen who hailed from similar surroundings, but went out into the world and made profound impacts on some of the grandest global stages.

“Scotland’s managerial titans in the spotlight” The Guardian

“Moving documentary about a trio of Scottish pitmen turned football legends” The Arts Desk

“Even as a football agnostic, it’s hard not to get swept up in the romance of the beautiful game as depicted in The Three Kings” The Scotsman


Jonny Owen