In From The Side – a hidden romance is revealed within a South London gay rugby club
IN FROM THE SIDE is the debut film from director and co-writer Matt Carter; an honest and daring story of an adulterous affair between two members of a fictional South London gay rugby club. The film explores the multiple types of connections that can occur within a large group of gay men in a team sports environment, illuminating the very real emotional tensions and pressures this can create.
The story centres on Mark (Alexander Lincoln), a relatively new and inexperienced club member in a dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy older distant partner Richard (Alex Hammond), and his adulterous romantic involvement with the more seasoned rugby player, Warren (Alexander King). Warren, however, is also a taken man, having a long-standing but strained relationship with his partner and fellow teammate John (Peter McPherson).
Following a drunken encounter, Mark and Warren unwittingly embark on a romantic affair that they struggle to keep concealed from both their partners and teammates. As this dangerous game begins to unravel, their uncovered infidelity has far-reaching consequences, creating deep divisions and fractures within the club.
IN FROM THE SIDE is an honest, daring and ambitious film exploring themes of toxic masculinity, friendship and how people can be tested against the darker, emotional undertones rife in a competitive sports environment.
Matt Carter, Director and Co-Writer comments: “I’ve been involved in inclusive rugby for eight years as both a player, coach and referee. Rugby has a rich and extensive culture that has been under-explored on film. I therefore felt deeply that I wanted to bring this to a wider audience and raise the profile and public knowledge of the existence of ‘inclusive’ sports clubs.”
Available from Verve Pictures
IN FROM THE SIDE key crew includes: Director – Matt Carter. Screenplay – Matt Carter & Adam Silver. Producer – Andrew Faure. Director Of Photography – Matt Carter. Editor – Matt Carter. Original Soundtrack – Matt Carter. Executive Producers – Matt Carter, Adam Silver, Andrew Faure, Richard Aikens.
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