From director Rhys Chapman, Wonderkid tackles the subject of homophobia in the world of sports, specifically soccer. It chronicles the inner turmoil of a gay professional footballer, played by Chris Mason (Broadchurch), 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.
Watch the powerful short film in its entirety below. For more information, head over to the official website.