Zebra Crossing

Zebra Crossing

Sam Holland (2010)

18 Certificate


Our Score
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.


Four friends on a south London council estate drift into lives of petty crime and drug use. The leader of the group has obtained a gun, and tries to pull the others into more dangerous territory, but one of them hopes to escape his surroundings, driving a wedge between them. Drama, starring Lee Turnbull and Greg Wakeham.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Sam Holland
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Exile MediaGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity and drug abuse.Available on: DVDReleased on: 28 Jan 2011