Fast Girls!!

The drama film, Fast Girls observes a streetwise runner and a wealthy young athlete who have their ups and downs as their lives intertwine during preparation for an international athletic event in London.

Chasing their dreams, a group of four British female athletes compete on and off the track to make their relay as smooth as silk to win a medal at the fictional 2011 world championships.

GBR team in Fast Girls. Photo: The Guardian.

The ambitious underdog Shania Andrews (Lenora Crichlow) struggles with her local coach, Brian (Phillip Davis) to develop her game in a sport dominated by class, money, advertisement and privilege, all attributes of her fellow teammate, Lisa Temple (Lily James) who comes from a White suburban middle class background with an assertive Olympic gold medallist father, David Temple (Rupert Graves).

After being pushed by their GB coach, Tommy (Noel Clarke) eventually a sense of unity arises between the girls relay team before their 4x100m race when they remove their heels and outrun a quartet of misogynistic men who taunt them while in a nightclub. There’s aggravation, growth and redemption.  The film slightly resembles Bend It Like Beckham with a team theme and determined mindset.

Directed by Regan Hall, Fast Girls was well shot and consisted of an upbeat soundtrack with artists including Labrinth, Example, Avicii, Tini Tempah, Tinchy Stryder,  and Emeli Sande to match the dramatic and competitive scenes. This film represents a pipe dream for the British sporting establishment with only 30 days left in the countdown for the London 2012 Olympics.

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