Fit is a 2010 film written and directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair, and commissioned by the Gay Rights Charity Stonewall. It is adapted from the 2008 play of the same name about the everyday lives of a group of both gay and straight millennial students taking drama and dance class. The original play had been developed in 2008 to address the growing problem of homophobic bullying in British schools, and was especially created for KS3 students, with a specific focus on learning objectives from the National Curriculum including PHSE and Citizenship. The film itself was opened in the form of an introductory chapter, with six interlinking chapters of fifteen minutes, each focusing on one of the main characters in a first-person perspective of their life, views and problems. The DVD release of Fit also contained five video diaries for each of the characters, giving students and other viewers the opportunity to listen to the characters talking more in-depth about their feelings and the situation they are facing.
The 2008 play performed in theatre venues including -The Drill Hall
The Birmingham Rep
The Contact Theatre
The Unity Theatre, Liverpool
The CCA, Glasgow
The play was also performed in various schools in England and Scotland. At one point there was minor controversy in the media, with articles in the Daily Mail and on The Guardian's website. The 2008 cast had included Duncan MacInnes, Ludvig Bonin, Sasha Frost, Lydia Toumazou, Stephen Hoo, Jay Brown and Rikki Beadle-Blair. In the film adaption in 2010, there was a new script, with the original cast staying as the central characters, and being joined by others. The film has won many awards and the leading actors fly to Los Angeles for Outfest Film Festival for the World Premiere of Fit at the Directors Guild of America on Sunset Blvd.Duncan MacInnes as Terry "Tegs", a geekish, quiet boy. He is shy and chooses to keep his head down despite verbal and physical bullying from Ryan, Isaac and other students, who think he is something of a sissy and therefore gay, at one point considering self-harming with a knife after a brick is thrown through his window. He is forced to rebuff Jordan after he admits that he loves him and tries to kiss him. However, they make up, and it is shown he is straight when he develops an attraction to fellow student Molly, whom he later starts going out with.
Ludvig Bonin as Jordan, a budding footballer and the best friend of Tegs. He supports Tegs through constant verbal and physical bullying from students who are suspicious that he is gay, and when Jordan admits he loves him and tries to kiss him, Tegs, who is actually straight, is forced to admit that he doesn't love him in that way. Regardless, Jordan later makes up with him, their friendship now closer than ever, and comes out to his adoptive parents and little brother Linus.
Sasha Frost as Karmel - a feminine girl but also a lesbian; something she finds difficult to tell her friends, even Lee. Her parents are both uncaring towards her or her feelings and are openly homophobic - her father warns her that Lee, who he automatically presumes to be a lesbian because of "butch" behaviour stereotypes, won't be tolerated if she tries to make a move onto Karmel. She later reveals her sexuality to Lee and then the class - despite being afraid of Lee knowing, she is still one of her closest friends - and begins going out with Kim Taylor. Their relationship becomes rocky when Karmel attempts to ignore her attraction to women and tries to go out with Tyler, though they make it past this.
Lydia Toumazou as Lee, a tomboy, whom is close to her brothers but closer to her best friend Karmel. She suffers taunts and verbal abuse from some members of the class who presume she is gay due to butch stereotypes, as well as criticism from her brothers, who think she would be better accepted by people if she dressed like a girl. She is hurt when Karmel reveals that she hid her sexuality out of her fear for Lee rejecting this, but forgives her. To the shock of her siblings, she comes home in a man's car, after which they accept that she is straight, regardless of her personality.
Stephen Hoo as Ryan, who lives with his sister and father. He bullies Tegs heavily as he thinks he is gay, but this is due to the fact that he cannot accept his own homosexuality, which he hides from his friends. When they find out, Isaac becomes temporarily abusive towards him, once beating him up when drunk after he discovers Ryan is attracted to Tegs.
Jay Brown as Isaac, Ryan's friend. He has a tense relationship with his father, and initially bullies Tegs with Ryan, beating Ryan up after he discovers he is gay. When his dad, who is openly homophobic, finds out Ryan is gay, he throws Isaac out on the streets. Isaac eventually accepts Ryan's sexuality and becomes mates with him at the end of the film.
Rikki Beadle-Blair as Loris, openly gay, friendly and supportive to everyone. As he cares for people's feelings despite their sexuality, he tries to avoid "giving up" on any of the students who display homophobia to others in the class.
Alexis Gregory as Luca
Andy Williamson as Jacek
Donovan Cary as Principal Vernon Bailey
Jack Shalloo as Charlie
Ambur Khan as Nina
Jason Maza as Tyler
Katie Borland as Molly, a love interest and friend of Tegs
Alex Papadakis as Aristos
David Avery as Marios
Tom Ross-Williams as Jamie
Jennifer Daley as Kim Taylor, Karmel's girlfriend
Dani Bright as Keli Stern
Vincent Williams as Jonas
Richard Tan as Vander
Davina Dewrance as Darcy James
Tigger Blaize as Alex
Rachel Lynes as Charlotte
Marcus Kai as Ethan
Gary Beadle as Karmel's Dad
Jo Castleton as Karmel's Mum
Dann Kharsa as Straight Bloke
Hannah Chalmers as Straight Girl
Samantha Lyden as Bus Stop Rita
Jeanette Rourke as Tegs' Mum
Ryan Quartley as Linus, Jordan's little brother
Janine Stride as Jordan's Mum
Matt Ray Brown as Jordan's Dad
Kyle Treslove as Toby
Michael Warburton as Jonesy
Helen Russell-Clark as Ryan's Sister
Chooye Bay as Ryan's Dad