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Playing Away (1987)

To mark the conclusion of their "Third World Week" celebration, a cricket team in a small English village invites a black cricket team from South London to a charity game with comical results.

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Horace Ové

Writer:

Caryl Phillips
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Norman Beaton Norman Beaton ... Willie Boy
Robert Urquhart Robert Urquhart ... Godfrey
Helen Lindsay ... Marjorie
Nicholas Farrell ... Derek
Brian Bovell Brian Bovell ... Stuart
Gary Beadle ... Errol
Suzette Llewellyn ... Yvette
Trevor Thomas Trevor Thomas ... Jeff
Stefan Kalipha ... Louis
Bruce Purchase ... Fredrick
Joseph Marcell
Sheila Ruskin Sheila Ruskin ... Viv
Mark Barratt Mark Barratt ... Kevin
Valerie Buchanan Valerie Buchanan ... Pat
Jim Findley ... Boots
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To mark the conclusion of their "Third World Week" celebration, a cricket team in a small English village invites a black cricket team from South London to a charity game with comical results.

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A Missed Opportunity
10 May 2005 | by robert-turner-1See all my reviews

As an avid cricket fan, I am constantly puzzled and dismayed by the negative depiction of the sport on the big screen. Sadly, "Playing Away" is no exception.

A group of West Indian cricketers from inner city London are invited to participate in a charity match against a village team from rural Suffolk.

So far so good. But rather than portraying cricket as a potent social glue, the director instead chooses to use the game as a source of anger and bigotry. Throwing in some predictable racial stereotypes for good measure.

Indeed, the only time that black and white appear to reach an "understanding" is illustrated in a particularly tacky scene when one of the visiting players has sex with a local girl in the village churchyard.

"Playing Away" was released at a time in the eighties, when British movie makers felt compelled to "educate" their audiences about perceived social injustices rather than just try and actually entertain them.

Little wonder then, that UK cinema goers preferred watching Bruce Willis blowing up a fleet of jumbo jets in a vest as opposed to this moralistic claptrap.

I for one cannot blame them.


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