Zebra Crossing

  • 18
  • Sam Holland (2010)
  • UK
  • 91 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

A troubled teenager on a rough south London estate comes to a crossroads in his life in writer/director Sam Holland's stylish first feature. Lee Turnbull plays Justin, a teen tearaway with a wretched home life (brutal, unloving father; sick, bed-ridden sister; estranged mother) and a group of feckless friends, led by gobby and volatile Tommy (Greg Wakeham). However, Justin is tired of gang fights, drug dealing and police confrontations and yearns for something better than a life of endless ducking and diving. With echoes of La Haine (also shot in crisp monochrome) and Scorsese's Mean Streets (Wakeham's unpredictable Tommy is a dead ringer for De Niro's Johnny Boy) though not in their class, Holland's debut still has a lot going for it (convincing performances, magnificent sound design, distinctive music). It's a disturbing reflection of life on a high-rise battleground, but Turnbull's anguished and moving portrayal of a youth desperate to escape a road to nowhere, gives the film real heart.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Lee Turnbull, Greg Wakeham and Kyle Treslove. South London teenager Justin leads a life of crime, violence and drug-dealing with friends Tommy, Sean and Billy. He's looking for a way to change, and sees a chance to escape, but Tommy's drug debts threaten to drag him deeper into danger.

Cast and crew

Cast

Justin
Lee Turnbull
Tommy
Greg Wakeham
Sean
Aaron White
Billy
Kyle Treslove
Suzanne
Kathryn O'Reilly
Marcus
Michael Maris
Donna
Annie Burkin
Danny
Ashley David
DCI Knowles
Paul McNeilly
PC Darwin
Dickon Tolson
Charlie
Richard Pryal
Vince
Nick Bartlett
Darren
Jay Brown

Crew

Director
Sam Holland

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Exile Media
Guidance: 
Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity and drug abuse.
Available on DVD
Released 28 Jan 2011
Certificate 18
Distributor:
Exile Media Group
Categories
Drama