Director: Penny Woolcock Year: 2012 Duration: 01:31 Language: English / English subs
The film follows Penny Woolcock’s Hip Hop musical, 1 Day, which depicted these postcode (zipcode) wars. One Mile Away was initiated by Shabba, a young man affiliated to the Johnson side who met Penny during her research for 1 Day. He saw her as neutral and as someone who had built trust on both sides. Penny agreed to get involved and introduced Shabba to Dylan Duffus – the lead actor in 1 Day and affiliated to the Burger side.
On their painstaking journey over two years, recruiting more supporters from both gangs, Shabba and Dylan get advice from Jonathan Powell, who oversaw the Good Friday Agreement in the Northern Ireland peace process, and riots erupt in Birmingham in Summer 2011, with surprising consequences.
Supported and distributed by BRITDOC Films, and co-funded by Channel 4 and Creative England, One Mile Away shows how film and the determination of ordinary people can transform entrenched social problems, whilst also being compelling, ground-breaking viewing. One Mile Away is now also a developing social enterprise, working with schools to reduce gang culture in the UK.
"A riveting portrait of the complex, contentious reality of the streets, and the courage it takes to make a difference, it could well be this year’s most important British film" Time Out