Playing Away (4 stars)

Playing Away

This is a very welcome reissue of Horace Pressure Ové’s 1987 comedy of race manners. When a West Indian cricket team from Brixton travels to a Suffolk village to play against the local team as the culmination of the village’s Third World Week, racial tensions quickly bubble to the surface. Writer/director Ové subtly explores and ultimately transcends racial stereotypes to make one of the best but least well-known British sports films of the 1980s. Excellent extras include Horace Ové in conversation with Mike Phillips and an illustrated booklet containing essays and credits.

(15) 97min
(BFI DVD retail)