i-D feature on WONDERKID x Fred Butler collaboration by Bojana Kozarevic
You may have heard of Wonderkid, an upcoming short film about a young gay footballer that has been making big waves, with i-D recently featuring director Rhys Chapman in the Activist issue. The film deals with one of the world's favourite hobbies, football, and simultaneously with one of football's biggest problems: homophobia. An expressive, vital and powerful activist film, Wonderkid is tackling the problems of a gay superstar footballer's life. Because, sadly, these problems are rife within the footballing industry.
As well as the successful Kickstarter campaign that has seen the film gain prominence,Wonderkid production has teamed up with designer Fred Butler to create a unique t-shirt to bring the message to the streets and on people's backs. Fred Butler says, "Football unites so many people from disparate countries, languages, backgrounds & beliefs yet there is one overarching universal acceptance of homophobia which needs to change. From the chants on the terraces to the under-breath snipes on the pitch; it's a tolerated tactical issue for abuse. How is it that It's 2015 and there's still only a handful of professional players who have come out?!"