Introducing to hooliganism
Hooligans – who are they and what is their general intention?
Before I start with the film forming I’d like to give you some basic information about the phenomenon hooliganism and its meaning. Basically the term “Hooligan” applies to violent supporters of a squad e.g. a football team. In contrast to the average spectators they’re orienting their entire life on the squad, expressing their love by visiting the stadium and cheering for the team, not requiring elaborate choreographies. Rather the hooligans mean to support their team by beating up the opposing hooligans after the match, in the so-called third half. Inside the community the focus is on group cohesion and reputation.
Some proponents describe the violence as creative expressions, but frequently it’s used to blow off some steam or to escape the boring everyday life in the city.
The movie “Hooligans” directed by Lexi Alexander is an impressive illustration of the fact that Hooligans can be found in every social class. They are not only simple-minded and uneducated roughnecks, but also academics, students and people from respected professions.
e.g. Matt Buckner as the harvard student and Pete Dunham teaches history and P.E. to elementary school students in London.