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The primary purpose of this short film is to publicise the screenplay -

It is not an extract from the proposed screenplay.

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A true warrior who gave everything.............

'The Matchstick Man' is a feature length screenplay based on the true life story of Welsh bantamweight champion, Johnny Owen. From his humble beginnings as a sick, frail infant to his meteoric rise through the ranks of boxing to become the undisputed champion of the bantamweight division in Britain, Europe and the Commonwealth. His fists ruled half the world; the ultimate dream was in his sights - to become WORLD CHAMPION.

This is the tale of a gentle, determined and unique man motivated by an incredibly supportive family, friends, community and nation. Johnny Owen's character and integrity couldn't be further from the perceived view of that of a typical boxer. His broad appeal was quite extraordinary.

This is not a tragic story, but a true story of the triumph of the spirit and that of the poetic grace of an unique individual who was a champion boxer, but more importantly was a champion amongst men. 'The Matchstick Man' is, above all, a human drama of a boxing legend from South Wales.

If you are interested in learning more or becoming involved in this artistic and commercially attractive film, please email:

Tim Byron Owen  (Los Angeles)
David Bellantoni  (New York)

For more information about Johnny Owen 
johnnyowen.com (Wales)

2002 Unveiling of Johnny Owen statue by Lupe Pintor 

2003 "The Long Journey" won BAFTA (Cymru) Award for  Best Documentary
("The Long Journey" - Johnny Owen, BBC documentary)

2003 "The Long Journey" won BAFTA (Cymru) Award for  Best Director.
("The Long Journey" - Johnny Owen, BBC documentary)

2004 "Fighting Words" West Coast Premiere- rave reviews, Critics Choice & Recommended - LA Times and LA Weekly. (Stage play based around Johnny Owen)
Directed and Produced by Tim Byron Owen

2005 "The Matchstick Man" promo won a "10 Best Short Films" at the Directors Guild of America from Filmmakers Alliance. 

2005 "Johnny Owen" unofficial biography released. 

2006 "The Big If" Johnny Owen official biography released by MacMillan Publishing House.

2006 European premiere of "Fighting Words" at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

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