We are all products of our environment. Some environments are just harder to survive in.
Welcome to London, 2012. Home of the Olympic Games. Behind the veil of newly injected prosperity lies a community that's impossible to enter and even harder to escape.
After 15 years in prison ex-dealer Kirby wants three simple things; to take back his turf, to get laid and to take revenge on the gangsters who have disrespected him. But a humiliating run-in with his former protégé sparks a chain of violence, vengeance and lethal reprisals that ripple through the community of drug dealers pimps, and innocents all swept up into the cycle of violence and deception.
Then there is Aaron, street-wise yet vulnerable, just trying to get by and do the right thing while his ruthless friend Ed will stop at nothing to reclaim a mobile phone leading to deadly consequences.
The highly anticipated feature length debut of award-winning musician Plan B (aka Ben Drew) iLL MANORS is an explosive unique crime thriller. Narratively linked through original music from Plan B himself, the film is a groundbreaking, visually stunning and gripping experience, laced with street-wise humour.
"My reason for making this film is 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 delve into the roots of these problems and 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."
Ben Drew, also known as Plan B, is an award-winning British rapper, singer-songwriter, actor and film director, raised in Forrest Gate, East London. His second studio album THE DEFAMATION OF STRICKLAND BANKS (2010) went straight into the UK album chart at no. 1. Ben has acting experience of his own, having completed roles in the Noel Clarke films ADULTHOOD and 18.104.22.168 and also in Daniel Barber's HARRY BROWN, which starred Michael Caine as the titular hero. He recently finished shooting THE SWEENEY, playing opposite Ray Winstone in the George Carter role.
iLL MANORS is Ben Drew's directorial debut film, starring Riz Ahmed, Ed Skrein and Anouska Mond, based on his original 2009 short film.
In March 2012 he released the single and video for iLL MANORS, a song which deals with the 2011 London riots and which has been described by The Guardian as, "the first great mainstream protest song in years."
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