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Zebra Crossing (2011)

"From the moment I was born I cried for a month..." Eighteen years on, and Justin is no nearer the truth. And in a world that increasingly doesn't care, maybe just simply relying on ... See full summary »

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Lee Turnbull ...
Justin
Greg Wakeham ...
Tommy
Aaron White ...
Sean
Kyle Treslove ...
Billy
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Suzanne
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Marcus
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Donna
Ashley David ...
Danny
Paul McNeilly ...
DCI Knowles
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PC Darwin
Richard Pryal ...
Charlie
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Vince (Dad)
Jay Brown ...
Darren
Nicholas Walter ...
Jermaine
Lee Vassel ...
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"From the moment I was born I cried for a month..." Eighteen years on, and Justin is no nearer the truth. And in a world that increasingly doesn't care, maybe just simply relying on friendship is not enough? Especially with friends like Billy, Sean and Tommy. Set amongst the backdrop of the towering, concrete-clad estates of south London 'Zebra Crossings' blends a diverse mixture of characters that all share one thing in common: The incredible loneliness of living alongside 7 million other people. Blending the surreal, and very real, we take an intense journey in search of friendship, belief and religion. With a lacklustre father and estranged mother, Justin's only source of perennial control comes from an unlikely source, his bed-ridden sister Suzanne. But Justin needs is a real mentor, a father figure, someone who can provide guidance before it's all too late. In steps Marcus, unlike anyone Justin has ever known before, calm, soft, assured - but does he want something from Justin? ... Written by Sam Holland

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South of the river
16 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Zebra Crossing is a kinetic black and white film (with a touch of colour at the end)inspired by the French Film La Haine (The Hate.)It is set in tower blocks in South London and focuses on a group of young white men on the edge and fatalistic which the media will have us believe are unrepresented in British television or film but my word they seem to be subject of a lot of low budget films. How about some films of young white men living in a council estate with a job and just doing their best to make something of themselves legitimately sometime this millennium!

These group of four young men are not nice, racist, homophobic, petty thieves and coming to the attention of the police. Right at the start we see them bashing two gay men, later inciting racial violence. They are on the verge of going to a dark path unchecked. Tommy is the most wild, unpredictable and violent. Justin his best friend is excluded from college with a sick, disabled sister, a violent, drunk father and whose mother has abandoned them. He seems to want out of the spiral and shows a sensitive side and seeks solace in a church where he encounters a mysterious black man.

When the gang enter a world of hard drugs, drug dealing and later become skinheads the outcome looks bleak and divisions are exposed.

The film is kinetic and wild, especially the way its edited but the début director loses focus now and then and some of it does not make sense. It does not help that the film lacks light, with so many not nice people, the viewer can be easily repulsed and offended by the actions of these men. However the main issue is that apart from a slice of life in a council tower block setting, the film does not offer much by way of a coherent story.


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