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Not Cricket: The Basil d'Oliveira Conspiracy (2004)

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John Arlott John Arlott ... Self (archive footage)
Jack Bannister Jack Bannister ... Self
Basil D'Oliveira Basil D'Oliveira ... Self
Alec Douglas-Home Alec Douglas-Home ... Self (archive footage)
Peter Hain Peter Hain ... Self
Jim Laker Jim Laker ... Self (archive footage)
Nelson Mandela ... Self (archive footage)
Bruce Murray Bruce Murray ... Self (as Professor Bruce Murray)
Peter Oborne Peter Oborne ... Self / Narrator
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How to make a real difference in the world, part 1
26 July 2005 | by da7dyaSee all my reviews

This documentary shows how a single cricket player, Basil d'Oliveira, managed to upset the whole system.

In the 1970s, South Africa's racist regime wouldn't permit mixed sports. It was when Basil d'Oliveira, classified by South Africa as coloured, became a well-known player that a crisis developed.

As documentaries go, this one is fairly straightforward. At the time of shooting, many of the key players were still alive, so most information is first-hand. Interviews with family members, team-mates and d'Oliveira himself give nice background, but the juice is in the politics. The member of the selection committee squirms and denies very nicely, but it becomes obvious that politics were unavoidable.

If you want to make an impact on the world, this film shows how. Find your crisis, and stand for something in exactly the right place, and you can move mountains.


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