Rhys Chapman
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Rhys Chapman

CreativeLondon, United Kingdom
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Rhys Chapman
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Rhys Chapman

CreativeLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Filmmaker and creative marketeer best known for my work with WONDERKID, the film campaign following a struggling professional footballer.
Projects
  • LGBT screening in Russia
    LGBT screening in RussiaIn May 2017 I took a risky trip to Moscow to hold a secret screening with an underground LGBT organisation. The story was featured on both i-D and Sky Sports.
  • WONDERKID
    WONDERKIDWONDERKID is a short film by Rhys Chapman, which tackles one of football's biggest issues - homophobia. Starring Chris Mason and featuring Sky Sports' Martin Tyler, Alan Smith and Geoff Shreeves, the film depicts the inner turmoil of a gay professional footballer. WONDERKID launched at the Raindance Film Festival, debuted on television with Sky Sports and has received over a million views online.
  • F2 Freestylers adidas Live Show
    F2 Freestylers adidas Live ShowWONDERKID actor Chris Mason (Legend, Broadchurch, Pretty Little Liars) and I appeared on the F2 Freestylers adidas show in 2016
  • talkSPORT
    talkSPORTIn 2017 I appeared on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show on TalkSPORT in the run up to our second broadcast on Sky Sports 1.
  • LAW x Nike
    LAW x NikeA LAW production, directed by Joe Wilson, celebrating British youth culture’s endless attraction to speed and freedom. The film follows Jay and a group of BMW E30 enthusiasts from Hitchin to ‘The Takeover Cruise’ in Harlow, a raucous midnight mass for devotees of BPM and BHP on London’s liminal outskirts. Back-seat riders emulate the intimate passages of time spent static in carparks and lay-bys, whilst school-age arcade racers learn to negotiate corners long before their L-plates. Chrome exhau
  • WONDERKID FC x adidas London
    WONDERKID FC x adidas LondonWONDERKID Football Club are an LGBTQ+ inclusive team based in Hackney born after the production of WONDERKID, a short film depicting the struggles of a gay professional footballer. . For them visibility isn’t just about high-level representation within the sport: “you see quite a lot of images of elite footballers, and it’s really cool to see women at the top level being celebrated. But it's also about seeing what's happening off the pitch. The more you can show girls just casually having fun, h
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Work history
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    Creative DriectorWONDERKID Films
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    WONDERKID is a film campaign I created which tackles one of football's biggest issues - homophobia. Starring Legend and Broadchurch star Chris Mason, the film depicts the inner turmoil of a gay professional footballer. The film is part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about the lack of openly gay professionals in the sport. WONDERKID first gained widespread attention during a Kickstarter campaign I launched with the help and support of Sir Ian McKellen in late 2014. The film has gone on to win the support of other big name celebrities such as Stephen Fry & Alan Carr, Sky Sports & FIFA 17 commentators Martin Tyler and Alan Smith, as well as presenter Geoff Shreeves. The project has also gained support from organisations such as the FA, the Premier League, the Telegraph, adidas, Sky Sports, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford Football Club and Kick It Out. The campaign has received coverage from publications including, The Telegraph, Sky Sports, ITV News, BBC Radio 4, TalkSPORT, Attitude Magazine, Gay Times Magazine, PinkNews, i-D Magazine, SoccerBible, Copa90, the London Evening Standard and London Live. The film launched at the 2016 Raindance Film Festival and we have held over 50 screenings with organisations such as adidas, Sky Sports, Sky, Tottenham Hotspur, Brentford FC, Kick It Out and many others in order to stimulate discussion on this subject. WONDERKID received its television debut in late 2016 with Sky Sports 1HD broadcasting the film. The film was made available to watch online in March 2017 (http://www.wonderkidfilm.co.uk/watch) with over 1 million combined views online to date. In May 2017, I took WONDERKID to Moscow to hold a special screening with the Russian LGBT Sport Federation. I have since been working with the Premier League and charity Kick It Out to use the film as an educational tool for the next generation of professional footballers.
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    ConsultantSelf Employed
     - London, United KingdomFreelance
    Since leaving the Telegraph, I have been working as a creative consultant on a range of projects including; producing content for clients such as Nike, holding educational seminars with the Premier League, Wavemaker, Exposure and Pinewood studios, helped launch a new football culture zine called Stiles Magazine, consultancy work for Adam & Eve ddb & MOFILM as well as writing a feature film. Through all of this I have been able to develop new skills in the creative arena, with a focus on culture at the heart of every project. Key Achievements - Getting into teaching - Working with brands on content briefs - Consulting on sport - Gaining invaluable experience in the advertising industry
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Skills
  • Film Production
  • Film Directing
  • Digital Marketing
  • PR Campaigns
  • Social Media Management
  • Events Production
  • Video Advertising
  • Creative Concepts
  • Creative Stragegy
  • Consulting
Education
    London South Bank University logo
    London South Bank University logo
    Arts ManagementLondon South Bank University
     - London, United Kingdom
    BA (Hons) Arts Management
Awards
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    Official SelectionRaindance Film Festival
    WONDERKID was selected as part of the official selection at the 2016 Raindance Film Festival in London