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Ill Manors

Ben Drew (2012)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Ben Drew, otherwise known as rapper Plan B, turns writer/director for this shocking and gritty urban drama that focuses on the criminal underclass in east London. Riz Ahmed (Four Lions) stars as Aaron, a young man trying to find his biological mother and escape his brutal and brutalising environment, but a series of increasingly violent events threaten to keep him languishing in despair. By skilfully interweaving the experiences of several characters (drug dealers, prostitutes, gang members), and punctuating the film with songs that act as both backstories and narration, Drew delivers a bleak but thought-provoking depiction of "broken Britain"; he also shows an impressive grasp of film language and pacing in his directorial debut. In an across-the-board outstanding cast, teenager Ryan De La Cruz stands out as Jake, whose loss of innocence leads to tragedy.


A drug dealer returns to his London council estate after 15 years in prison, which sets in motion a chain of violent events that impacts on the lives of various residents struggling to survive in the community, including a small-time crook torn between his morals and his loyalty to his ruthless friend. Crime drama, starring Riz Ahmed, Nick Sagar and Keith Coggins.

Cast & Crew

Aaron Rizwan Ahmed
Ed Ed Skrein
Katya Natalie Press
Michelle Anouska Mond
Chris Lee Allen
Carol Jo Hartley
Vince Lee Whitlock
Jo Dannielle Brent
Wild Bill Martin Serene
Kirby Keef Coggins
Jake Ryan De La Cruz
Marcel Nick Sagar
Vladimir Mem Ferda
Director Ben Drew
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: RevolverGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes and drug abuseAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Jun 2012