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Northern Crescent (1992)



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Credited cast:
Sheila Allen Sheila Allen
Ishan Bhabha Ishan Bhabha ... Murad
Paul Bhattacharjee ... Khalid
Kulvinder Ghir
Ian Hogg ... Peter West
Talat Hussain Talat Hussain ... Salim
Kuldip Korotana ... Taxi Driver (as Carlos Korotana)
Cliff Parisi
Alyson Spiro ... Jane (unconfirmed)
Philip Voss ... Education Chief


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1 July 1992 (UK) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Best child acting in years...
17 May 2003 | by fmaddenSee all my reviews

This film, while shot from a transgendered camera, tells the story of a liminalized public space. The politic of the major players is their downfalls, tracing out a remarkable arc of mise en scene in the sketch streets of London. Community is indeed performed, by dint of its project, which seeks to essentialize a historical diegetic.

The champion of this film is the sulking, preening 10-year old Ishan Bhabha, the young Indo-Jewish starlet who makes his debut here. The camera takes every opportunity to portray this young rapscallion as a dark, swarthy other, a delicate cherry blossom writ large. The final, climactic hash bar scene, in which Bhabha utters the phrase, "Daddy, I agree, but I'm busy now, I just got to the base, and there are a lot of dudes here!" will forever echo in the hearts and minds of marginalized London youths.

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