In From the Side
The lives of a London gay rugby team, both on and off the pitch, are explored in this assured feature which reveals the many different games that people play.
Matt Carter, Adam Silver
Alexander Lincoln, Alexander King, Will Hearle
UK 2022. 134min
Sales Adam Silver
When an injured player from the A-team is selected to play with the Bs as part of his recovery, tensions are already high. Initial suspicion turns to physical lust for two of the team members and personal loyalties are stretched as they try to conceal the affair, not only from their own partners but also their teammates. Alexander Lincoln and Alexander King give magnetic performances as the lovers, alongside an excellent ensemble cast. Hard drinking and macho antics are par for the course amongst the team, but these bulky athletes soon reveal their vulnerabilities. Even if you’ve never played rugby, or even had a taste for it, you’ll be drawn into the drama of these young men. Prepare yourself for a muddy, sweat-drenched emotional thrill ride.
This film contains flashing images/strobing.
We are pleased to announce an additional screening of this title. Tickets on sale Thu 10 Mar to BFI Patrons, Champions and Members from 11:30 and on general sale from 12:30.
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