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Play It Safe
Play It Safe
A MUBI Release
8.7
/10
35 Ratings

PLAY IT SAFE

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Directed by Mitch Kalisa
United Kingdom, 2021
Short, Drama

Synopsis

Jonathan is out of place in his middle-class London drama school. Pigeon-holed for a role as a Black hoodlum in a classmate’s play and coaxed by his teacher to take the typecast part, Jonathan decides to demonstrate to his peers the prejudices, during a class role play exercise.

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Synopsis

Jonathan is out of place in his middle-class London drama school. Pigeon-holed for a role as a Black hoodlum in a classmate’s play and coaxed by his teacher to take the typecast part, Jonathan decides to demonstrate to his peers the prejudices, during a class role play exercise.

Our take

Winner of a Grand Jury Prize at SXSW, Play It Safe is an ingeniously tense interrogation of unconscious racism in seemingly liberal spaces. Shot on 16mm, the film’s audacious finale stamps a visceral exclamation point on a remarkable calling card for director Mitch Kalisa and actor Jonathan Ajayi.

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