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Forbidden Games: The Justin Fashanu Story (2017)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 6 October 2017 (USA)
The tragic story of the first and only football player to come out as gay whilst still playing.

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Jon Carey, Adam Darke
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Credited cast:
Justin Fashanu Justin Fashanu ... Himself
John Fashanu ... Himself
Bevan Celestine Bevan Celestine ... Justin Fashanu
Stephen Yaw Agyekum Asante Stephen Yaw Agyekum Asante ... Young Justin
Peter Yaw Agyekum Asante Peter Yaw Agyekum Asante ... Young John
John Barnes ... Himself
Glenn Hoddle ... Himself
Joe Royle Joe Royle ... Himself
Ambrose Mendy Ambrose Mendy ... Himself
Marisol Acuna Marisol Acuna ... Herself
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A.J. Ali ... Himself
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The tragic story of the first and only football player to come out as gay whilst still playing.

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A solid but unremarkable telling of a tragic story
11 May 2019 | by david-meldrumSee all my reviews

A solid and moving telling of the tragic story of Justin Fashanu's life; Justin was the first £1million black footballer in England, whose prodigious talent was never completely fulfilled and who was a gay man at a time and in a sport where gay men (or indeed black men) were rarely accepted easily. The final tragedy of his life is moving and hard to listen to, especially when we realise how little football has changed for gay people. The documentary never really gets to the bottom of the central contradictions and questions of his life, but that was always going to be something that was hard to achieve. It's a relevant story not only for football fans, and from the perspectives of race and sexuality, but also around foster care, celebrity culture and the pastoral support of professional athletes.


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