Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton commence shooting on A Hundred Streets
Story by Jack Foley
IDRIS Elba and Gemma Arterton have commenced shooting on the drama A Hundred Streets, which will take a fresh look at the vibrant and compelling life of residents in contemporary London – destination capital of the world.
Directed by Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Jim O’Hanlon (of House of Saddam and Emma fame), the film will also star Franz Drameh (Attack The Block, The Edge of Tomorrow) and Adam Bakri (Omar) and is written by Leon Butler.
The story is inspired by the fact that 100 streets border and intersect the film’s setting in contemporary London.
Chelsea squares back onto high-rise estates, riverside opulence contrasts the day to day grind. It’s in these streets that the film’s cast of characters face major choices and change in their separate lives, as they negotiate their often inter-weaving existences.
Emily (Arterton) is a wife and a mother estranged from her husband Max (Elba) an ex-Rugby superstar now struggling with life on the celebrity circuit and on the brink of losing the plot. Emily can only save him if first she can get her own life back on track.
Kingsley (Drameh) is a small time estate drug dealer living the all too familiar ‘robbing hood’. After striking up an unlikely friendship with ageing actor Terence, during Community Payback tidying the cemetery, he realises he must fulfil his bigger dreams.
Jahmal (Bakri) is a rich playboy for whom money means nothing, but he gets more than he bargained for when a beautiful ex-girlfriend re-enters his life. A shocking decision under pressure sends him on the run.
George is a cab driver who has hopes of becoming a father one day. His life is torn apart through no fault of his own, but with the love and support of his wife he finds the strength to face the world again.
These interconnecting stories paint a picture of a society where you are often loneliest within a crowd. As tension mounts, relationships are strained, loyalties are tested and violence erupts.
Yet the underlying message of the film is one of hope; if you reach out to others, life is not a lonely struggle. With nods to both Crash and Amores Perros and inspired by London life, A Hundred Streets portrays modern city life in all its complexity and will resonate deeply with those who have lived it.