Powerful Short Film Follows One Gay Footballer’s Struggle to Come Out
Wonderkid tackles the subject of homophobia in the world of sports, specifically soccer, and the detrimental effects it can have on a closeted athlete.
Directed by Rhys Chapman, the UK short film chronicles the inner turmoil of a gay professional soccer player, as he strives to succeed as his true self in a hyper masculine environment.
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.”
Actor Chris Mason plays a gay professional soccer player at the launch of his new career in a fictional London team. The film follows as he struggles with his sexuality in the masculine and often homophobic sporting world.
Wonderkid is part of the #BEYOURSELF campaign to raise awareness about a lack of openly gay professionals in the sport.
We recently rounded-up five other LGBTQ sports films we love, which made us realize how very few there are. Perhaps it’s because most LGBTQ people see sports as very homophobic or because professional sports have so few openly LGBTQ players and offer very little LGBTQ social support.
Recent research shows 63% of people say more should be done to make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people feel accepted in sport.