Homeless World Cup depicted in The Beautiful Game

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The Beautiful Game, written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce (The Railway Man) and coming to Netflix this month, was inspired by global street soccer tournament the Homeless World Cup. Cottrell-Boyce and producers met with former players, whose stories inspired the characters.

Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Ben Knight produced the project for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri outfit Blueprint Pictures with executive producer Colin Farrell – a longtime supporter of the Homeless World Cup, who narrated the 2019 the documentary Street Leagues about the Irish Homeless Street Leagues, founded by Ireland’s Big Issue editor Sean Kavanagh.

The film follows Mal (Bill Nighy), the manager of England’s homeless football team, as he takes his players to Rome with the hope of winning the Homeless World Cup. At the last minute, he decides to bring along talented striker Vinny (Micheal Ward, Empire of LightThe Book of Clarence), who could give them a real chance at winning – but only if he’s ready to let go of his past and become part of the team.

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