One Mile Away review

Cementing peace between rival Birmingham gangs was never going to be easy

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On the spot reportage is both a pro and con in Penny Woolcock’s documentary, which joins Dylan Duffus (the star of the director’s grime musical 1 Day ), as he tries to forge peace between warring Birmingham gangs.

Driven by urgent rap beats and prickling with paranoia, this is immersive and engaged docu-making.

But it’s also limited, failing to provide context for a situation where the threat of gun crime is seen as “just normal”.

Woolcock’s coy interview style is a typically mixed blessing: it gains gang-members’ trust, but a more probing approach might have revealed more.

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