Critically-aCclaimed film, 'State of Play', comes to the festival, FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH AUTHOR MICHAEL CALVIN

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We’re delighted to be showing State of Play, the latest from the award-winning BT Sport Films series, on Saturday 3rd August, followed by a panel discussion with author Michael Calvin, The Football Ramble host Marcus Speller, director Tom Boswell, and former professional Drewe Broughton. Michael will be signing copies of his book after the panel.

Based on the bestselling book, State of Play is a continuation of Michael Calvin’s fascination with the human side of a game that creates international sporting legends. Narrated by Calvin himself, the documentary features a wide range of contributors, from talismanic players such as Gareth Bale, Danny Rose and Jadon Sancho, to managers at different stages of their careers, including Frank Lampard, Sean Dyche and Joe Montemurro.

State of Play looks at the role of:
The Player: how does the current generation of British players, both here and abroad, cope with the pressures of playing in an age dictated by social media? Are they dehumanised by the modern game?
The Manager: in what way has the role of a manager changed in recent years?
The Club: at what point do clubs become corporate vehicles? Are they too detached from the communities they represent?
Society: who are the people working behind the scenes to enrich lives and combat far-reaching problems?

The film features interviews with a diverse range of figures from all levels of the game including Gareth Bale, Frank Lampard, Danny Rose, Jadon Sancho, Emma Hayes, Joe Montemurro, Sam Allardyce, Sean Dyche, Thomas Hitzlsperger and Les Ferdinand.

Broader issues are addressed by Troy Townsend, Head of Education for Kick it Out, and Dawn Astle, daughter of former England forward Jeff Astle, whose premature death led to a 17-year campaign to highlight the dangers of concussion in sport. Ryan Atkin, the first openly gay professional referee, speaks about the challenges facing any prominent player, wishing to come out.

Tackling key topics like racism and homophobia, and supporting mental health, player welfare, and the rise of women’s football, the film is the second collaboration between BT Sport Films and Calvin that look at the broad societal impacts of the sport. It follows on from No Hunger in Paradise, which explored the perils and pitfalls of football’s academies and youth development.

The screening starts at 2pm, the panel at 3.30pm (both on the Main Stage) and Calvin will be signing books from 4.30pm at the Festival Book Shop.