By Daniel Megarry,
A closeted footballer faces homophobia on the pitch in short film WONDERKID.
Broadchurch star Chris Mason plays a gay professional footballer at the launch of his new career in a fictional London team, as he struggles with his sexuality in the masculine and often homophobic sporting world.
WONDERKID came about as part of the #BEYOURSELF campaign to raise awareness about homophobia in sport, particularly the lack of openly gay footballers out of the 5,000 players in the UK.
The film has been backed by the Kevin Spacey Foundation, hate crime charity Galop, Adidas, the FA, the Premiere League and many more, and received its premiere on Sky 1 last year as part of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign.
Director Rhys Chapman said: “With everything going on in the world currently this is a really important time for sexuality and gender issues. We have created an inspiring character who knows he is gay, accepts he is gay and wants to come out, but it is his profession that is holding him back.“If enough people see this film, it can make a huge difference in football. Anyone that watches this film will understand that everyone deserves to live their life free from fear.”
The full short film has now been made available to stream for free online, and you can watch it on Gay Times.