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Playing Away (DVD)


A comedy of manners exploring white and black stereotypes from pioneering British filmmaker Horace Ové

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When a West Indian cricket team from Brixton are invited to play a charity game in a small English village, members of both teams have their reservations. A weekend in the country away from the inner city produces unexpected results both on and off the field of play.

Playing Away subtly explores and undermines white and black stereotypes and succeeds in linking two familiar but strange cultures through the simple device of a cricket match.

From pioneering British filmmaker Horace Ové (Pressure, 1975) comes this comedy of manners with an outstanding array of British talent on display, including Ross Kemp (EastEnders) and Neil Morrissey (Men Behaving Badly, Line of Duty) at the start of their careers, and a poignant performance by the brilliant Norman Beaton (Desmond's).

  • Horace Ové in conversation with Mike Phillips
  • Illustrated booklet containing essays and credits
  • Dolby Digital PCM audio throughout
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SKU 5035673008508
Catalogue Number BFIVD850
Subtitle A film by Horace Ové
Year 1986
Director Ove, Horace
Format DVD
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries United Kingdom
Aspect ratio 1.33:1
Colour Colour
Sound Sound
Subtitles English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles
Language(s) English
Running time 98 min
DVD region 2
Certificate 15
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