YOUNG TEENAGER CHARLIE has talent to burn on the football pitch. Top clubs want to sign up the soccer prodigy. Dad is eager, too. But the golden boy has other dreams. And when Charlie makes a big splash by coming out as transgender, the resulting ripples spread far beyond his family.
This low-budget British indie film tackles the delicate subject of gender dysphoria with great sensitivity. Director Rebekah Fortune, working from a script by Peter Machen, gets a terrific performance from 14-year-old Harry Gilby in the lead role, but what makes the film work so well is that all the main characters – including Charlie’s supportive mother (Karen Bryson) and sympathetic sister (Elinor Machen-fortune) – are given depth and complexity.
Indeed, the emotional journey taken by Charlie’s father, played by Scot Williams, is just as turbulent, in its own way, as that taken by the transgender teenager.
THIS SEASON, HARRY HAD HOPES OF A GOOD CUP RUN