Wonderkid got a big boost during its crowdfunding campaign last October when Ian McKellen stepped up to support the film, helping ensure it reached its targets. Now the trailer for the short film has arrived, which you can take a look at below.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘WONDERKID a film by Rhys Chapman, which tackles one of football’s biggest issues – homophobia. Starring Chris Mason, the film depicts the inner turmoil of a gay professional footballer. The film is part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about the lack of openly gay professionals in the sport.’
Chapman comments, “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. They will see that it is a simple solution and all that is required to make footballers feel safe enough to come out is the acceptance of the general public and it is down to us to send the message.”
Wonderkid will premiere at the Leicester Square Odeon in August before getting an online release later this year.