Playing Away is now playing virtually through 4/24.

Access the ND/NF at 50: Retrospective virtually nationwide!

  • FLC Virtual Cinema: Free to the general public on April 16 at noon, with early access for FLC members starting April 13 at noon.
  • MoMA Virtual Cinema: Free exclusively for MoMA members starting April 16th.

Horace Ové’s wry satire (originally produced for Britain’s Channel 4) is set in a seemingly idyllic (and affluent) village in Suffolk amid its “Third World Week” celebration. The residents decide to cap the festivities by inviting a West Indian cricket team from Brixton to come and play a charity match against the local side. Suffice it to say, their best-laid plans are thwarted to hilarious effect, as the Trinidadian Ové brilliantly paints the absurd, at times clumsy ways in which disparate communities attempt to overcome their cultural differences. Buoyed by an exceptional ensemble cast, Playing Away is a never-less-than-entertaining send-up of cultural mores and a genuinely and incisively political examination of the state of multiculturalism in mid-’80s Britain.