With assist from a Kickstarter marketing campaign, film-maker and rugby coach Matt Carter has made a poignant lo-fi drama a few homosexual London rugby crew. It’s a movie with some terrific real-feeling characters, the type who converse in the best way precise individuals do – they’d be binge-worthily watchable in a collection on TV or a streaming platform, flawed and beautiful. Right here, a bit sadly, they’re relegated to the sidelines – B crew to a romance between the movie’s two least fascinating characters.
A kind of two is Mark, performed by obscenely handsome former Emmerdale actor Alexander Lincoln. Mark is in an open relationship together with his wealthy, arty-looking boyfriend, sharing a penthouse overlooking the Thames. They’re residing the dream, however appear stagnant emotionally as a pair. Mark has not too long ago joined homosexual rugby membership, the South London Stags the place he claps eyes on Warren (Alexander King), who’s in a monogamous relationship with one other teammate. In 5 minutes flat, Mark and Warren are slammed up in opposition to the wall of a bathroom cubicle.
It’s an annoyingly lengthy movie – effectively over two hours – and a goodish chunk of this time is spent watching Mark and Warren in sizzling, can’t-keep-their-hands-off-each-other clinches. The script offers us much less about their emotional connection and to be sincere, the will-they-won’t-they-stay-together drama is a little bit of a snore. The perfect scenes are down the rugby membership, portrayed with super heat as a happy-ish semi-dysfunctional household.
I needed to know extra about captain Jimmy, the crew’s Jürgen Klopp, who offers pre-match pep talks with deep emotional intelligence. And membership comic Pinkie (Pearse Egan) who has a stunning speech about hating rugby in school as a homosexual child. Absolutely the grimness – or glory, when you see it that means – of grassroots rugby seems horribly genuine too. The chilly, the mud, the phobia of being charged at by 4 males who order XXL when shopping for T-shirts and appear to be extras in a Viking epic.