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London, 1960. In a working-class south London community, an eleven-year-old Jewish boy lives for cricket. Young David keeps score for his school team, and even the characters in his trading card collection magically come to life. Unfortunately, he just can't play the game well himself. When a Jamaican family moves in next door and turns the backyard into a cricket court, David is ecstatic. The father (Delroy Lindo) offers to teach David the finer points of the game, and the pair forge a special relationship that transcends their cultural differences. Complaints from bigoted neighbors soon prompt David's mother to bar him from the cricket pitch, however, until her own emotional stirrings -- and the realization that she is an outsider too -- force her to reconsider. This heartwarming film beautifully captures the complexity of racial and religious divisions as seen through the eyes of children.
Film Information
Year: 2003
Length: 106 minutes
Language: English
Country: U.K.
Premiere: New York
Cast & Credits
About the Director(s)
Paul Morrison has a distinguished track record as a drama and documentary filmmaker. His first feature film, Solomon and Gaenor, was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film in 2000 and went on to win numerous awards worldwide. Morrison's other credits also include tv (The Night Show) and documentary (A Sense of Belonging, From Bitter Earth). His BBC1 film John and Yoko was commemorated in the trade magazine Broadcast as 'one of the great moments of fifty years of television.' Morrison is currently at work on an adaptation he plans to direct of Linda Grant's Orange Prize winning novel When I Lived in Modern Times and is attached to Jon Fink's feature If He Lived (both in development with APT Films), and to My Whole Life written by Janice Margolis (produced by Goodmovies Enterprises).


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