WONDERKID - A powerful short film exploring the turmoil of a gay footballer
Directed by Rhys Chapman, the Wonderkid short film explores the struggles of a professional footballer and acceptance after being contracted to play for England. Played by Chris Mason (Broadchurch), it chronicles the inner turmoil of a gay professional footballer, as he strives to succeed as his true self in a hyper masculine environment. The UK short film is part of the #BEYOURSELF campaign to raise awareness about a lack of openly gay professionals in the sport.
After earning a dream move to a London Premier League club, ‘WONDERKID’ should be on top of the world. The reality? He’s faced with callous friends, a hostile changing room, vitriol-filled messages on social media and, crucially, WONDERKID’s having to deal with himself. He’s a young man making sense of his own sexuality in a world which has no history of, or appetite for, supporting gay professional footballers.