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Playing Away

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.
  • 1987
  • Faber and Faber (UK)
  • Faber, Inc. (US)

In contemporary Britain, what do urban West Indians and other black Britons have in common with rural English society? Cricket. In his first screenplay for the cinema, Caryl Phillips transports a pick-up team from Brixton into the depths of the countryside for a game of cricket. Before, during and after it, the two sides find they have both more and less in common than they might have supposed—whether with opponents or team-mates.

The film, released in 1988, was directed by Horace Ové, and produced by Vijay Amarnani, Brian Skilton and Christopher Sutton.