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Wonderkid (2016)

WONDERKID is a short film depicting the inner turmoil of a gay professional footballer.

Director:

Rhys Chapman

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Rhys Chapman (story), Terence Corless (story) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Chris Mason ... Wonderkid
Leeshon Alexander ... Johnny
George Russo ... Manager
Troy Glasgow ... Cumbo
David McGranaghan ... Olly
Martin Tyler Martin Tyler ... Himself
Alan Smith Alan Smith ... Himself
Ben Wigzell Ben Wigzell
Thomas Judd Thomas Judd ... Clint Johnson
Paul Joyce Paul Joyce ... Man (21)
Guy Havord Guy Havord ... Himself
Geoff Shreeves Geoff Shreeves ... Himself
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WONDERKID is a film by Rhys Chapman, which tackles one of football's biggest issues - homophobia. WONDERKID is a film by Rhys Chapman, which tackles one of football's biggest issues - homophobia. Starring Chris Mason and featuring Sky Sports' commentator Martin Tyler, pundit Alan Smith and presenters Geoff Shreeves and Guy Havord, the film depicts the inner turmoil of a gay professional footballer. 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. The film highlights the key issue - why should his sexuality be an issue? Written by Rhys Chapman

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Ever wondered what it would be like to feel different?
27 May 2017 | by jonhholmesSee all my reviews

'Who cares?' That's now a fairly typical response when anyone in the public eye comes out as gay, and sport is no different - but there are still very few, men and women, who do come out. In the world of male professional football (soccer), it's really rare - despite the thousands of pro players across the globe. So should all of us, gay or straight, care more? Shouldn't we wonder what it would be like, in the hypermasculine environment of football, to feel different but be afraid or discouraged to show it? The short film WONDERKID aims for that empathy, and achieves it - there's such spirit and passion in the young central character Bradley (Chris Mason) that the viewer is drawn into his headspace and mindset, even though his reactions are often hot-headed or impulsive. The scenarios, setting, relationships (particularly with his agent) and story arc all combine to place Bradley in a believable sporting world that still carries its own taboos and traditions, out of step with much of modern society. The film's powerful message - 'Be Yourself' - will resonate with anyone, particularly those who have ever felt on the fringes of a group or activity. The short feels like the start of something, a call to arms for football and a calling card for a first-time film-maker. You can watch WONDERKID for free on its official website, and there are no geo restrictions - it deserves to be 'the shot heard round the world' for inclusion in soccer.


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