A new film, Wonderkid, tells the story of a closeted gay professional footballer (Americans, read: soccer player) who is struggling to come out and come to terms with his sexuality as his career begins to take off.
Directed by Rhys Chapman and starring Chris Mason (who played the Kray twins’ cousin Ronnie Hart in the 2015 crime thriller Legend), ‘WONDERKID’ follows the inner turmoil of a talented player battling with the stress and scrutiny of the modern game, and the concealment of his sexuality.
Contributing to the ongoing ‘Football v Homophobia’ campaign, the 30-minute film has been commissioned to help raise awareness about a lack of openly gay professionals in the sport.
From the film’s YouTube posting:
[Wonderkid] is part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about the lack of openly gay professionals in the sport. It has won the support of Sir Ian McKellen & Stephen Fry, as well as organisations such as The Telegraph, adidas, The FA, The Premier League, Kick it Out, Watford Football Club, Tottenham Hotspur & Sky Sports.
Wonderkid will premiere at the Odeon in Leciester Square in London before the start of the Premier League’s next season. It will be released online shortly afterwards.
Watch a trailer for the film, below.