Football is Charlie’s joy. When he has the ball at his feet, he can make magic happen – a gift that many teenage boys only dream of. Now the opportunity for Charlie to play professionally has come along. It looks like Charlie will be able to succeed where his father could not. But Charlie has a secret, a secret locked in his heart. Now, with his future seemingly mapped out, the secret cannot stay hidden any longer. Charlie’s decision to reveal the truth tears his once united family apart and puts his friends in turmoil. No-one is quite sure of themselves or each other anymore and the road back to harmony is paved with obstacles, prejudices and confusion.
Featuring a stunning performance from young newcomer Harry Gilby, Just Charlie is a deeply emotional new film from writer Peter Machen and director Rebekah Fortune. The film won the “Best Feature Film for Youth” prize at the Zlin Film Festival and was chosen as an official selection at the Rochester LGBT Film Festival, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The People’s Movies.com called it a “Profound family drama . . . this is a tale rooted in the human condition – honest, touching and willing to open the minds of an audience.” Midland Movies.com called it “A beautiful film that pulls no punches.” And Kneel Before Blog.com said it’s “An excellent and moving film that tells a deeply personal and emotional story. Harry Gilby delivers an astounding performance as the title character and the journey he takes is wonderfully written.”