Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share
28/10/2010

Rapper's Directorial Debut Goes Into Production

Film London and BBC Films have announced the start of principal photography on ill Manors, a film by Ben Drew - better known as rapper Plan B - which he will write and direct.
This is the sixth film to go into production under the successful micro-budget feature film fund, Film London Microwave.
Starring Riz Ahmed and Natalie Press, filming began on September 1 and continues for four weeks on location in London.
Whilst Ben Drew is best known for his music career with this year's number 1 smash hit album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks, Drew has been working on his film career both in front and behind the camera for many years and in 2009, was selected as one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow, which recognises budding film talent.
After seeing Drew act in one of his early music videos, Noel Clarke cast him in Adulthood and then again in 4.3.2.1, he has also starred opposite Michael Caine in the critically acclaimed Harry Brown. He also made a short, Michelle, which was produced as a pilot for ill Manors.
Drew's feature directorial debut is a multi-character story set against the tough streets of Forest Gate, east London, where everyone is fighting for respect. The film focuses on four core characters as they survive on the streets and their lives intersect. Each story weaves into one another painting an ultra-realistic gritty picture of the world, which is on the brink of self-destruction.
Writer/Director Drew brings his intimate knowledge of this east London world and its people and marries it with contemporary hip-hop and grime culture.
The film stars some of Britain's finest acting talent including award winners, Riz Ahmed (Four Lions, Shifty) and Natalie Press (Red Road, My Summer of Love, 50 Dead Men Walking) and the Director of Photography is Gary Shaw, who recently worked on Duncan Jones' Moon.
ill Manors has been developed with Film london since Drew and his Producer Atif Ghani at Aimimage completed the pilot Michelle in 2008, which provided inspiration for the feature. This is Ghani's second fully-financed feature film, having previously completed the award-winning feature film, The Last Thakur, for Artificial Eye and More4. ill Manors is another example of Aimimage supporting new and independent-minded filmmakers by providing them with camera and production facilities.
Ben Drew commented: "I am delighted that ill Manors is finally moving from an idea in my head into people, things and real locations. We have a great team and cast, and I am excited about what we will try and do together!"
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London, said: "Film London Microwave combines creative talent with an entrepreneurial approach, producing British films which can compete commercially in today's competitive market while also supporting the next generation of filmmakers. The scheme continues to attract hugely exciting new talent and I'm delighted that first time Writer/Director Ben Drew has come on board with ill Manors.
"The Film London Microwave model demands enormous creativity from the production team as micro-budget filmmakers, by definition, need to be more inventive in order to make a film with production values fit for a commercial audience."
Unique in its approach to filmmaking, Microwave - which also receives support from Skillset - has an integrated training programme, which sees filmmakers benefiting from crucial guidance and mentoring throughout the filmmaking process.
The scheme's three completed features - Mum & Dad, Shifty and Freestyle, have achieved UK theatrical releases and sold well in other territories. Microwave acts as a launch-pad for filmmakers' careers and Eran Creevy, Writer/Director of Shofty, has secured funding for his next feature, Welcome to the Punch.
(KMcA/GK)
Solidmate Ltd Memory Card Hire London

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

20/03/2007
London Celebrates Local Film-making Talent
ITV Local London, ITV’s regional broadband TV service in the London area, is entering into a partnership with Film London, in order to raise the profi
30/03/2017
Clear-Com Freespeak II To Feature At NAB 2017
Clear-Com's FreeSpeak II wireless digital intercom system will be featured as hands-on technology for delegates to try at Waskul.TV's StudioXperience
23/10/2008
Mayor Of London Pledges His Support For Film In The Capital
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has held his first meeting with prominent figures from the film, television and production industries. The film summit h
23/04/2004
Film London unveil blueprint to boost film-friendly Capital
London’s new film and media agency, Film London, has unveiled a variety of measures aimed at making the Capital more film-friendly. BAFTA winning acto
30/03/2011
Mayor Confirms Funding For Film London
Film London has announced that the Mayor of London will continue to invest in the agency. This commitment of funding ensures the UK capital has a dedi
04/08/2006
Skills schemes set to boost new talent in London more investment in training and development
Film London today announced the launch of two new rounds of funding schemes to develop the capital’s film, TV and animation professionals and support
24/07/2009
Film London Launches Its Biggest Ever Borough Film Fund Challenge
Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Film London have launched the largest ever London Borough Film Fund Challenge (LBFFC) plus a brand new element of th
03/05/2017
Production News : Shooting Begins On New Feature Film In Bristol
Shooting has started on the second feature film to be made in Bristol this month. Mike Newell's 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' is
16/05/2005
‘London Day’ in Cannes marks 'production revolution'
At the Cannes Film Festival Film London has announced "the most comprehensive revolution in film production in London for 25 years". Top British film-
06/10/2011
Film London’s Support of Artist Film-makers Continues
Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) today announced they are investing up to £360,000 in the capital’s artist film-makers over the next
02/11/2006
Film Festivals To Benefit From Film London's Audience Development Fund
A new range of film festivals and cinema projects is set to benefit from the latest round of Film London's Audience Development Fund. In all 14 projec
14/02/2006
Film London holds events at the Berlin Film Festival
A seminar for European producers, Getting the Best out of London - an A-Z guide to the UK's production centre, in association with Peacefulfish - kick
28/07/2004
Film London’s digital film fund announces slate of new projects
Eight talented directors have been awarded a share of £68,000 of production funding and skills development with the London’s leading digital short fil
05/11/2013
Film London Appoints Hub Panel
Film London has appointed members to its Film Hub London Advisory Panel to help ensure the capital's film exhibition sector remains open and accessibl
18/11/2005
BFC Berliner Film Companie Productions uses Maya software for upcoming feature film
Alias® and BFC Berliner Film Companie Productions GmbH (BFC) has announced that Maya® was selected as the core 3D technology used in the production of