Released on DVD on 26 October (as part of Black History Month celebrations), from pioneering British filmmaker Horace Ové, (Pressure, Baldwin’s Nigger), comes the comedy of manners Playing Away (1986). The film features an array of British talent, including Ross Kemp (EastEnders) and Neil Morrissey (Men Behaving Badly) at the start of their careers, and a poignant performance by the brilliant Norman Beaton (Desmonds).
When a West Indian cricket team from Brixton is 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.
• Horace Ové in conversation with Mike Phillips
• Illustrated booklet containing essays and credits
• Fully uncompressed PCM audio throughout