Gods of Football: The Making of the 2009 Calendar (DVD Review)8 May, 2009 By: Angelique Flores
With so many scantily clad women in the media that guys can ogle, from the Victoria’s Secret Angels to Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue, Australia seems to have found an answer for those wanting some male eye candy.
Each year the McGrath Foundation releases a nude rugby player calendar called The Gods of Football to raise funds for the breast cancer charity. For the first time, a video crew was given access to shoot the production of the 2009 calendar. Sales from the resulting DVD also will benefit the McGrath Foundation.
The 2009 Gods of Football became an international best-seller, and after watching the DVD, I can see why. More than 40 players from the Australian National Rugby League and Australian Rules teams took the challenge to get “naked for a cause.”
Photographer and creative director Pedro Virgil takes viewers behind-the-scenes of a calendar shoot where the hot-bodied athletes were transformed into sexy models. The men were shot against some beautiful backdrops around Australia, sometimes wearing chic suits and other times with nothing but a prop to barely cover themselves.
Tracey Bevan from the McGrath Foundation, Pedro and some of the footy players share their first-hand experiences with breast cancer affecting loved ones. Other players talk about their experience participating in the project.
But most of the film gives a voyeuristic view of the hot rugby players during the shoots along with the sizzling final photographs. Some of the players are first-timers with the project, and their shyness makes them all the more endearing.
Yes, these guys are being completely objectified. But keep in mind it’s for a good cause.