The passion of fans supporting the city’s biggest non-league football club has been caught on film in an intimate independent documentary.

Director Hosan Sarhan follows the Whitehawk Ultras across ten weeks and hears from those who were involved in creating the group.

The Ultras’ slogan of “football for all” is at the heart of their message, with the group going from just three members to more than 100 strong.

Saturday night began with drinks in the garden of Brighton’s Wagner Theatre, easily one of the best beer gardens in the city centre, followed by music with the Whitehawk Isolators – two Hawks fans who write brilliant tunes about the club.

The Argus: The Whitehawk IsolatorsThe Whitehawk Isolators (Image: The Argus)

After the sold-out theatre sang along, we settled in for the next hour or so of Hawks – Anti Idiots, and heard fascinating history about the club from its conception to the present day.

And while Hossan had initially planned to make the documentary solely about the club’s history, he was shocked by the passion of the fans whilst at the games.

We heard from present Ultras during the film who travel from London for each home game and those who have moved away but are no less supportive.

It was a special evening and everyone in the audience was grinning ear to ear, all safe in the knowing that they were part of something special. A club coming together to celebrate itself for all the right reasons.

The Argus: The venue was packedThe venue was packed (Image: The Argus)

Before the event, Hossan said: “The film is a powerful exploration of the intersection between sports and social justice”.

“The film follows a group of football fans who use their passion for the game to advocate for human rights and support refugees.

“Hawks – Anti Idiots showcases the transformative impact that sports can have on individuals and communities alike.”

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The film also showed how important the club is to the Whitehawk estate and covered the controversial decision to rename the Hawks as Brighton City.

The name was eventually scrapped. And rightly so.

Up the Hawks.