An Unsuitable Game
Genre: Period Drama
Writer: Polly Courtney
Status: In Development
Co-Production with Sinner Films
An Unsuitable Game is the story of an impoverished 1910s factory girl who defies the odds and ignores social conventions to play football for England. Dubbed the “Billy Elliot of the women’s game”, this uplifting tale is inspired by the true story of Lily Parr, Britain’s foremost female footballer and top female goal scorer of the 20th century.
It’s 1917. While men fight in the trenches, women fill their boots in the factories – and on the football pitches, playing charity matches to raise money for the injured soldiers and frequently filling stadiums of fifty thousand capacity. But the Football Association don’t take kindly to the popularity of the women’s game and take it upon themselves to try and bring it down - ultimately banning women’s football for decades.
When the war ends and the men return from the trenches, women are expected to fall back into line and forget their wartime dreams. But Lily Parr isn’t the type to forget. She wants to openly date Annie, her team’s goalkeeper, and she wants to play for England.
About the Writer:
Polly Courtney is an English author and media commentator, best known for her novels, Golden Handcuffs and Poles Apart.
She made her name in 2006 with Golden Handcuffs, a semi-autobiographical novel about a young woman encountering sexism in the City. Her subsequent five novels have tackled sexism, racism, lads’ mags, immigration, game culture and the wealth divide.
She is a regular commentator on TV and radio news panels, as well as contributing commentary pieces for The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Times and Huffington Post.