Having been available to watch at an array of screenings around the country, 'Wonderkid' has now gone global with the ability to watch the film online. An immensely powerful piece of story telling, it's a film that travels to hearts and minds and is essential viewing as collectively we strive for equality on all levels of the game.
As a recap, Wonderkid is a film by Rhys Chapman which tackles one of football’s biggest issues – homophobia. Starring Chris Mason, as well as famous faces and voices in the shape of Martin Tyler, Alan Smith and Geoff Shreeves, the film depicts the inner turmoil of a gay professional footballer as he strives to succeed as his true self in a hyper masculine environment.
Shot in a beautifully cinematic style, this artistic offering is one that has embraced football in the finest sense and through the strong direction and underlining energy, it goes the distance in portraying a very serious issue and inspiring change. There's no doubting the strength that football has. It is a sport that binds us together in a way few things can. Fantastically so, Wonderkid has the makings of a catalyst that will lead in contemporary times. Gone are the days to shy away from such subjects and with this film as firm evidence, a positive message goes out to all those who may have had to challenge negative conventions of sport.
Expressive, vital and powerful, the release of this activist film follows the successful television debut of the film on Sky Sports 1HD in November 2016. The decisions to host the full film online comes with the aim of reaching as many people as possible and in order to stimulate discussion around this topic. The film is part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about a lack of openly gay professionals in the sport and the core message of the film is that it is ok to be yourself.
Give it a watch here, share it with friends and join the movement.