Across the Line an auspicious exploration of prejudice in sports, school and love: review

Opinion Apr 15, 2016 by Peter Howell OurWindsor.Ca

Toronto’s Director X, hot video maker for Drake (“Hotline Bling”), Rihanna (“Work”) and many others, makes an auspicious feature directing debut.

He brings his sharp eye and a fine sense of history, place and consequence to screenwriter Floyd Kane’s race-themed drama of black NHL hopeful Mattie Slaughter (Stephan James of Race and Selma), who glides on the ice but faces barriers off it.

Chief roadblock is the black/white divide of his Halifax high school and neighbourhood, where tensions boil over — and continue to do so in real-life Nova Scotia. Mattie must overcome prejudice in sports, school and in love.

Romance is especially volatile for the hockey ace. He’s fond of Jayme (Sarah Jeffrey), a mixed-raced girl whose jealous white boyfriend (Steven Love) is pals with Mattie and also a rich-brat racist (Denis Theriault).

The script is too busy — Mattie must also contend with a pimping brother (Shamier Anderson) — but the conflicts feel true.

Toronto Star

Across the Line an auspicious exploration of prejudice in sports, school and love: review

Opinion Apr 15, 2016 by Peter Howell OurWindsor.Ca

Toronto’s Director X, hot video maker for Drake (“Hotline Bling”), Rihanna (“Work”) and many others, makes an auspicious feature directing debut.

He brings his sharp eye and a fine sense of history, place and consequence to screenwriter Floyd Kane’s race-themed drama of black NHL hopeful Mattie Slaughter (Stephan James of Race and Selma), who glides on the ice but faces barriers off it.

Chief roadblock is the black/white divide of his Halifax high school and neighbourhood, where tensions boil over — and continue to do so in real-life Nova Scotia. Mattie must overcome prejudice in sports, school and in love.

Romance is especially volatile for the hockey ace. He’s fond of Jayme (Sarah Jeffrey), a mixed-raced girl whose jealous white boyfriend (Steven Love) is pals with Mattie and also a rich-brat racist (Denis Theriault).

The script is too busy — Mattie must also contend with a pimping brother (Shamier Anderson) — but the conflicts feel true.

Toronto Star

Across the Line an auspicious exploration of prejudice in sports, school and love: review

Opinion Apr 15, 2016 by Peter Howell OurWindsor.Ca

Toronto’s Director X, hot video maker for Drake (“Hotline Bling”), Rihanna (“Work”) and many others, makes an auspicious feature directing debut.

He brings his sharp eye and a fine sense of history, place and consequence to screenwriter Floyd Kane’s race-themed drama of black NHL hopeful Mattie Slaughter (Stephan James of Race and Selma), who glides on the ice but faces barriers off it.

Chief roadblock is the black/white divide of his Halifax high school and neighbourhood, where tensions boil over — and continue to do so in real-life Nova Scotia. Mattie must overcome prejudice in sports, school and in love.

Romance is especially volatile for the hockey ace. He’s fond of Jayme (Sarah Jeffrey), a mixed-raced girl whose jealous white boyfriend (Steven Love) is pals with Mattie and also a rich-brat racist (Denis Theriault).

The script is too busy — Mattie must also contend with a pimping brother (Shamier Anderson) — but the conflicts feel true.

Toronto Star