The picture covers familiar ground and tends to ramble somewhat repetitively.
For this documentary about gang rivalry, filmmaker Penny Woolcock returns to the setting of her 2009 rap musical 1 Day and finds a story that's even more powerful than the first time around.
| Original Score: 4/5
An eye-opening process.
| Original Score: 3/5
The doc's short on context, and too forgiving of its poster boys, but as a study of their commitment to bettering themselves and the community, it's inspiring.
Engaging, thoughtful, funny, fearless.
This is a vital and important film - just not to watch.
| Original Score: 2/5
Woolcock should have realised that somewhere amid all her shapeless "docu" there was a "drama" - this one, a human one - to be found and properly focused.
| Original Score: 1/5
If One Mile Away can foster a sense of whole-city community within certain factions, a 7 Up style sequel would be a good thing for everyone to aim for.
Woolcock's coy interview style is a typically mixed blessing: it gains gang-members' trust, but a more probing approach might have revealed more.
The strength of One Mile Away is that it gives the viewer a palpable sense of what it's like to be caught up in these 'postcode' wars ...