Forbidden Games film looks into life of Justin Fashanu
The story of Justin Fashanu, the first male professional footballer in England to reveal his sexuality, has been released by Fulwell 73, Darke Films and Black Sun Media.
‘Forbidden Games: The Justin Fashanu Story’, is the story of Justin Fashanu’s god given talent was set against a backdrop of bullying and bigotry in the beautiful game.
Shining a new light on his extraordinary life, ‘Forbidden Games’ portrays the rejection and abandonment Justin and his younger brother John carried with them throughout their lives.
Troy Townsend, Kick It Out’s Education Manager, recently attended the screening of the film in central London.
Upon the release of the film, Leo Pearlman, Partner at Fulwell 73, said: “The story of Justin Fashanu is as controversial and compelling as it is tragic. As with all great documentaries, what Adam and Jon have managed to do is craft a narrative that presents the facts, while never imposing a judgement on the viewer, no easy task given this subject matter.
“This is an important film and one we hope will get the recognition and exposure it so deserves and one we’re very proud to be associated with.”
Jon Carey, Black Sun Media, said: “We aspired to make something that not only told the tale of Justin’s tragic life but that would make viewers reflect on society’s part in his story. It was interesting to me to see how far we’ve come in so many ways but not moved forward at all in others.
“Justin was way ahead of his time and he perhaps would have had an easier ride by the media if he was born just twenty years later. Despite the bravery and acceptance of other men and women in other sports, the question still remains as to whether a footballer can come out in Britain without being pilloried and humiliated by the general public.”
‘Forbidden Games: The Justin Fashanu Story’ is now available to buy on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.