Two young Premier League footballers share a hotel room the night before a key match. Out of nowhere, one kisses the other. The emotional impact of this “pass” plays out through the next ten years of their lives – a decade of success and failure, secrets and lies, in a sporting world where image is everything.
Tense, claustrophobic and richly emotional, The Pass stars Russell Tovey (who we fell in love with on HBO’s “Looking“), Arinze Kene, Lisa McGrillis and Nico Mirallegro. The film marks the feature-length directorial debut of Ben A. Williams and was written by John Donnelly, based on his own stage play of the same name.
The Pass was nominated at the 2017 BAFTA Awards, in the category of Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Donnelly (writing) and Williams (direction). Empire Magazine said “Russell Tovey gives a layered, career-best performance in an intense interior drama.” The Guardian gave it four out of five stars and said “Its stage roots show through at times, but this story of homoerotic tension between two youth team players is well made and acted.”
Honestly, we didn’t care how good or bad the movie was as long as it offered plenty of Russell Tovey in his tighty-whities… and damn if it didn’t deliver! Check out the trailer for The Pass below and click here to pre-order your copy. It comes to DVD May 8th.