WIRRAL actor Carl Loughlin has discussed his part in a 'revolutionary' new LGBTQ+ film, which is set to debut in the UK this September.

Carl, who is from Eastham, performs in a new critically acclaimed independent feature film, In From The Side, which explores the lives and games played by a London gay rugby team, both on and off the pitch.

Directed by Matt Carter, the honest and daring film promotes the themes of sport, teamwork and inclusivity, which have been brought to the forefront of the sporting world in recent weeks.

Carl Loughlin said: "In From The Side is a revolutionary LGBT+ film, as it is not about homophobia or coming out, it’s story about a love affair set in a gay rugby club and how it effects the team.

"I really do think that this film is going to pave the way for LGBT+ films in the future."

Chester and District Standard: Carl Loughlin plays the 'bully' of the rugby team.Carl Loughlin plays the 'bully' of the rugby team.

Having premiered in March 2022 at the British Film Institute Festival, the rugby-based movie is now screening in film festivals internationally, ahead of its UK release in cinemas nationwide from 14th September. It is also due to be available on Netflix later this year.

While In From The Side marks Carl’s nationwide movie debut, the 40-year-old is no stranger to the film world, having produced two short feature films himself in recent years.

In 2018, he wrote and produced Tellin Dad, starring household name Ricky Tomlinson (The Royle Family,) and produced Just Me, featuring Phillip Olivier (Brookside) as the lead character.

Speaking about his film credentials, Carl added: "My acting career and involvement within the film industry has been shaped by my personal life experiences, and I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to raise awareness of key issues that are close to my heart.

"With sexuality, sport and inclusivity currently making headlines across the world, there’s never been a better time to promote the themes that ‘In From The Side’ explores, and I can’t wait for everyone to see it."

The film will have its premiere on September 6 in Vue Leicester Square. It will be released in cinemas from September 14 and will then be distributed via Netflix.