iLL Manors (2012)

Rapper Plan B becomes director Ben Drew with this wilfully bleak debut, an ambitious and angry diatribe against “David Cameron’s broken Britain”.

The plot is fractured into six interconnected segments, following the lives of various druggies, hoodies and prozzies. There are a few ‘first film’ slips; coincidences pile up, some of the grimness tests plausibility and the flaming finale really belongs in an EastEnders Christmas special.

But wringing tortured turns from a cast of unknowns, Drew has things to say – and he mostly says them well.

Take that, Prime Minister. 3/5

Via Total Film

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