FRINGE! - FORBIDDEN GAMES: THE JUSTIN FASHANU STORY15

FRINGE! - FORBIDDEN GAMES: THE JUSTIN FASHANU STORY

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  • Tue 14 Nov
  • 81 minutes
  • Director: Adam Darke, Jon Carey
  • UK (2017)

Synopsis

Forbidden Games shines a light on the tragic and overlooked story of Justin Fashanu - Britain and the world’s first £1 million black football player, and first openly gay football player, whose life was tragically cut short.


At a time when British society was struck by intense racial and class division, regionally-raised black brothers Justin, and later John, Fashanu excelled in football and found success that propelled them to the spotlight. Justin came out publically in 1990, and almost 3 decades later still stands alone as one of the only out footballers.


The tragedy of Justin's life is a curiosity almost stranger than fiction. Justin enjoyed the fame initially, feeling pride in his success and the attention and money it brought, but later found himself bound by insecurity and pressure. Don’t miss this engrossing and vital documentary about one of the UK’s most unforgettable and whitewashed queer stories.


Followed by a Q&A with directors Adam Darke & Jon Carey.


Short before the feature:

Birds of a Feather / dir Dann Parry / UK 2017 / 5’

An emotionally wresting animation that packs as much punch into its four and a half minutes as most features do in two hours, about the trauma that homophobia (internalised or external) can do to ourselves and our communities.