Love + Hate (2005)

Cautiously Recommended
Feature Film
Writer/Director: Dominic Savage
Cinematographer: Barry Ackroyd
Composer: Rupert Gregson-Williams
Cast: Samina Awan, Tom Hudson, Nichola Burley, Was Zakir, Dean Andrews, Aliya Bhatti, Peter O'Connor, Ryan Leslie

Despite being overly reliant on coincidence, and containing one or two rather trite musical choices, television director Savage’s handsomely photographed big screen debut – a tale of illicit teenaged romance, set against a backdrop of racism and sexism, in a drab northern English town – is surprisingly affecting, mainly due to the assured performances of its attractive young cast. Iain.Stott