FILM REVIEW: FIT

Director: Rikki Beadle-Blair

FIT is a feature film adapted from Stonewall’s (the gay equality charity) successful play for schools. The play aimed at tackling homophobic bullying was seen by more than 20,000 students around the UK.

The film, which has been sent to every secondary school in Britain, aims to challenge homophobic bullying and support teachers, most of whom have never received any specific training in dealing with this issue.

The storyline is centred on six adolescents struggling with their own perceptions of sexuality. Along comes a replacement dance and drama teacher with a penchant for a pink leotard. They are not in the class through choice but, Loris, played by Rikki Beadle-Blair, soon introduces them to Shakespeare with a beat and thus begins their journey.  According to Loris…’life is all about rhythm…’it’s all dance and drama’… Language is a powerful tool, constantly changing and developing and how we use and interpret it is fascinating.  This is wonderfully portrayed throughout the film.

The cast all give strong performances and embrace the writing of Rikki Beadle-Blair.

FIT is a gritty, funny, sharp, evocative and enjoyable film.

It should be seen by everyone, not just the schools of Britain!

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Susan Cummins

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