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Love + Hate Review

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Derek (Andrews) is a racist white youth living in a northern town. He notices, and eventually falls in love with Naseema (Anwan), a beautiful Asian girl. There will be consequences.

★★★★

Few words strike despondency into the cinemagoer’s heart as effectively as ‘UK Film Council’, and the Lottery quango does nothing to improve its shonky image with this torpid love-across-the-racial-divide drama. In an unnamed, appropriately grim Northern town, a racist white kid (Grange Hill’s Thomas Hudson) falls for a pretty Muslim girl (Samina Awan). This makes almost no-one happy.

Director Savage insisted his young (and occasionally mildly promising) cast improvise their dialogue — which sadly shows — while his simplistic attitude to the complex issues is that of the worst kind of cultural tourist — the programmatic plot is more Hollyoaks than Crash. The North should sue.

Patronising bien pensant balderdash.