Director: Regan Hall
Cast: Lenora Crichlow, Lily James, Rupert Graves, Bradley James, Philip Davis
91mins Sports Drama
Class and culture clash big time when streetwise Shania (Lenora Crichlow) competes with middle class Lisa (Lily James) as champion runners in this feisty Britflic timed to garner support from the upcoming Olympic whirlwind. That said, it’s a worthwhile story echoing Bend it Like Beckham and Kidulthood that raises the profile of disadvantaged but talented young women with interesting backstories and appealing personalities. The narrative is predictable but amusing and there are some moments of genuine emotion and even a frisson of love interest between Shania and her physio who’s played by Bradley James. The sports angle is well-researched and creditable and should inspire kids everywhere to go out and give it their best shot. So it’s well worth a watch; you might even find yourself shedding a tear.
Meredith Taylor ©