EDGE Rewind: Watch: Trailer Drops for Gay Rugby Flick 'In From the Side'

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Friday January 27, 2023
Originally published on July 28, 2022

A scene from "In From the Side"
A scene from "In From the Side"  (Source:Screenshot/YouTube)

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Film festival hit "In From the Side," about two players on a gay English rugby team becoming involved in an affair, is coming to theaters. A new trailer for the film's UK release has dropped.

"Mark (Alexander Lincoln), a new and inexperienced rugby club member, finds himself drawn to Warren (Alexander King), a seasoned first team player," the film's synopsis says.

"When a series of happenstances at an away fixture lead to a drunken encounter, Mark and Warren unwittingly embark on a romantic affair they struggle to hide from their partners and teammates.

"As the secret begins to unravel, team spirit, loyalties and camaraderie are tested in writer-director Matt Carter's startlingly sensitive story about forbidden love and finding your tribe."

The trailer lays out the central conflicts, which extend beyond the adulterous nature of the men's attraction. A major story point is how the gay team has had to struggle for years to gain respectability and not simply be "a novelty act," as one character puts it; another character explains how meaningful the social connections of the team are, saying that his teammates are his family. The affair threatens all of that.

EDGE film reviewer Frank J. Avella gave the film props when covering selections at this year's Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco. In his feature debut, Avella wrote, Carter "manages to captivate" the audience "from the homoerotic matches to the team member rivalries," as well as the "sizzling" love scenes.

Avella added that "the film soars because of strikingly handsome lead Alexander Lincoln, onscreen for much of the running time, delivering a fully-committed turn."

"In From the Side" is set to premiere in UK cinemas on Sept. 16. There is no word yet on an American release date.

Watch the trailer below.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.