The Pass

The Pass
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 1h 28min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ben A Williams
  • Cast: Russell Tovey, Arinzé Kene, Lisa McGrillis
  • UK release: 9 December 2016

Jason (Tovey) is a footballer who shares a kiss with friend and teammate Ade (Kene) the night before their first team debut, a moment which affects their lives and careers. Ten years are covered in three acts; Tovey and Kene are both impressive, and the theatrical setup is sufficiently full of incident and insight not to seem stagey. Well played, gents.

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The Pass

5 Dec 20163 stars

Russell Tovey scores as a gay footballer in this adaptation of John Donnelly's stage play

Russell Tovey is exceptionally good in director Ben A Williams's intensely dramatic debut feature, the first that explores the implications of being gay in the resolutely homophobic culture of Premier League football and its fandom. Tovey plays Jason…

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