Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 12.20.08While it’s undoubtedly fascinating to¬†interview actors and directors and to get into the heart of the industry and the craft in embodying other people and roles – when you watch a riveting, emotional documentary such as Next Goal Wins, the chance to interview the subjects themselves, the genuine people who lived through the events you’re seeing on screen, is something different altogether, something pretty special.

So you can imagine our excitement when we sat down with Jaiyah Saelua and Thomas Rongen, two stars of a documentary feature that explores the American Somao football team – the lowest ranked team in FIFA world standings. The former is the world’s first ever transgender footballer to play the professional game, while the latter is the Dutch coach who came in hoping to change the fortunes of this hapless side…

NEXT GOAL WINS is out on 7 May (nationwide previews) and 9 May (select cinemas).