Miles | Watershed | Sun 9 July, 4pm
We chose this film to catch at BFI FLARE assuming it tackled issues of gender equality and sports, it didn’t but instead we found an incredibly funny and moving story based on a true story that we really wanted to share.
Out and proud student Miles (Tim Boardman) is desperate to graduate and escape rural town America by moving to the city to enrol in film school. His dreams are shattered when the sudden death of his father leaves the family bankrupt having squandered his son’s college fund on a mistress.
Desperate for a way out, Miles finds a volleyball scholarship program that exists between his high school and a well-regarded Chicago University. There’s just one catch, the only volleyball team that exists at his school is a girls’ team.
Though filmed on a small budget it boasts a powerful cast including Molly Shannon (Never Been Kissed), Missi Pyle (Gone Girl) and Ethan Phillips (Star Trek) and is filled with nineties nostalgia, sci-fi nods and comedy moments. Miles is breath of fresh air and the fact that, at 17, our lead is comfortable in his skin and sees no reason to hide his sexuality is refreshing to see.
Young people 24 & under, refugees and asylum seekers can see any film at Watershed at any time for £4.50. Tickets available via the Watershed Box Office.
Tel: 0117 927 5100 or www.watershed.co.uk