Jocky Wilson feature film planned

PLANS are afoot for a feature film detailing the life and times of legendary darts player Jocky Wilson.

Jocky Wilson with the Embassy Darts World Championship trophy in 1982. Picture: TSPL
Jocky Wilson with the Embassy Darts World Championship trophy in 1982. Picture: TSPL

Fife native Wilson won two World Darts Championships in 1982 and 1989, and was known for his hard-drinking lifestyle and charismatic manner.

Films of London - a production company founded by two of the producers behind the 2010 version of Robin Hood and the film adaptation of Atonement - announced its first slate of titles set for pre-production, including the darts project entitled Jocky.

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Jason Underhill, the company’s founder, said: “We plan to work with the UK’s most talented screenwriters and script developers to devise projects with lasting quality.”

A documentary on Wilson’s life - Kirkcaldy Man - won the Golden Dove award at the Leipzig Documentary Film Festival in 2011.

Wilson became a virtual recluse after his retirement from darts in 1995, and died at home in Kirkcaldy in 2012.

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