Brentford FC launches series of short films

Image above: Thomas Frank checks his heart rate monitor during filming; Photograph Brentford FC

First film features manager Thomas Frank and focuses on cardiac health

Brentford has launched a series of short films, Thousands of Stories, which aims to share the stories of the club’s community.

The series kicks off  with the first of four films, The Pressure, which sees the spotlight on Brentford head coach, Thomas Frank and cardiac health. The series focuses on the stories that make up the club, from staff, fans and the wider community.

Thousands of Stories shows how each person’s story is special and important in shaping the club. It is expected to be an ongoing series, so the club is encouraging Bees fans to share their stories.

The Pressure looks at the stress of being a Premier League head coach as Thomas Frank wears a heart rate monitor throughout the day of the club’s 2022/23 home fixture against West Ham United.

The film explores the importance of cardiac health and motivations behind the club’s Heart of West London initiative. Viewers discover how Frank’s heart fluctuates in reaction to pivotal elements during the football match, including substitutions and VAR decisions.

Produced by creative agency Studio Something, three further films from Thousands of Stories will be released across the next three weeks.

The Team looks at the impact of Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s women’s recreational football sessions and the opportunity it gives to women who want to play football at non-professional level.

The Chance explores the story of Brentford staff member Mariia Manirko, who moved to the UK from Ukraine after Russia’s invasion, and The Voice follows Peter Gilham, Brentford’s club announcer, also known as Mr Brentford.

Image above: Thomas Frank

“Knowing what happened to Robert Rowan and Christian Eriksen makes it something that really matters to me”

Reflecting on the experience, Frank said:

“I was interested to see how my heart reacted during a match. Every head coach knows that Premier League football is stressful and it’s amazing to see what happened to my heart rate during match events.

“I am proud to be part of the heart health campaigns we run here at Brentford. Knowing what happened to Robert Rowan and Christian Eriksen makes it something that really matters to me.

“Cardiac health is important for everyone and it’s important we do what we can be lead a healthy lifestyle and look after ourselves.”

Brentford chief executive Jon Varney said:

“Here at Brentford, everyone’s story is important, from our fans to our matchday staff to those involved in our community projects.

“We’re really proud to see the launch of Thousands of Stories. It’s the start of a series that allows us to share what it means to be a part of Brentford. And the series doesn’t stop here, we want to hear the stories of our fans too who help make this club so special.”