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iLL Manors - Preview

iLL Manors

Preview by Jack Foley

REVOLVER Entertainment are pleased to announce that iLL MANORS, the critically acclaimed directorial debut film by Ben Drew (aka award-winning British artist ‘Plan B’), will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray, Download and On-Demand, from Monday, October 8, 2012.

This groundbreaking crime-thriller is an explosive, visually stunning and gripping experience, narratively linked through original music from Plan B himself.

Revolving around eight main characters living in Forest Gate, East London, over the course of a few days, their stories inter-link as they attempt to survive on the streets, portraying a gritty picture of a world that is on the brink of self-destruction.

Ben released his third studio album as plan B, iLL MANORS, on July 23. Released as a soundtrack to his film of the same name, the album went straight to No.1 in the Official UK Album Charts, garnering much critical acclaim en route.

iLL MANORS (the album) incorporates many elements from the film and its characters in the lyrics and music video sequences. The album’s lead single and title track was described by The Guardian as “the first great mainstream protest song in years”.

Ben Drew says of iLL MANORS: “I wanted to make this film to show that there is a lot we can learn when we know all the facts; when we explain the why – not just the ‘what’ and ‘how’.

“This film is a chance for me to show the public things that they may not have known, where these problems start, the domino effect that they have within people’s lives and how we get to the gory end results that we end up reading about in the papers.”

iLL MANORS was written as a “hip hop musical for the twenty-first century”, and stars an array of British Rising stars, such as Riz Ahmed (Shifty, 4 Lions & Trishna), Ed Skrein (Piggy and The Sweeney), Natalie Press (My Summer Of Love, Fifty Dead Men Walking & Where I Belong) and Anouska Mond, as well as many who gave stunning debut performances, including Ryan De La Cruz, Lee Allen and Keith Coggins.

These previously unknown acting talents were hand-picked from obscurity by Ben Drew himself during the casting process.

Win iLL MANORS DVDs and soundtracks

To celebrate the release of Ben Drew’s acclaimed urban drama iLL MANORS on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, October 8, 2012, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 2 copies of the film on DVD as well as the soundtrack. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Where is iLL MANORS set in London?

Simply send the answer to iLL MANORS competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Certificate: 18
Running time: 121mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: October 8, 2012