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90 Minutes

  • Drama
  • Sport
  • 2018
  • Simon Baker (3)
  • 82 mins
  • 18

Summary

At the iconic Hackney Marshes in East London, Lea Valley Rangers take to the field in a game they must-win against Forest Road Athletic. If they can pull it off, they'll win the league, their first opportunity in living memory.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Imagine an episode of EastEnders styled like the 1997 Nike commercial cut to Blur's Parklife and you get the gist of Simon Barker's follow-up to Night Bus (2014), which also linked several storylines to present an acerbically astute snapshot of London life. The setting is Hackney Marshes, as Sunday league teams Lea Valley and Forest Road meet in a table-topping showdown. Lea manager Nick (Anton Saunders) has been kicked out by wife, while rival striker Mark (Marlon G Day) is in lumber with his spouse because he's being cheered on by a mystery woman. However, the focus falls on the burgeoning touchline friendship between football-hating Jack (Robert Ristic) and Naima (Peyvand Sadeghian) whose estranged father and talented brother are on opposite sides. Marking a cameoing Rio Ferdinand's second outing as an executive producer after Dead Man Running (2009), this will strike chords with anyone who's played grassroots football. But, while Barker's banter and editing are spot on, several plot strands are short-changed and the characterisation is wafer thin.

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Credits

Cast

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JackRobert Ristic
NaimaPeyvand Sadeghian
NickAnton Saunders
DaveLeon Sua
Rio FerdinandRio Ferdinand
MarkMarlon G Day
JimBrian Croucher
WaseemWaleed Akhtar
HelenDebra Baker

Crew

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DirectorSimon Baker (3)

Details

Theatrical distributor
Kaleidoscope
Released on
2019-03-19
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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