Magazine article Screen International

Mean Streets and Mini Macaroons

Magazine article Screen International

Mean Streets and Mini Macaroons

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Ben Drew (aka Plan B) was in Cannes for the market premiere of his hard hitting directorial debut iLL Manors as well as a great party afterwards.

Ben Drew (aka UK rapper/soul singer Plan B) is in town for the market premiere of his debut feature iLL Manors, which came out of Film London's low-budget scheme Microwave and is being sold by Bankside (Revolver releases in the UK next month). The hard-hitting tale of drugs, prostitutes and disaffected youth in east London stars UK actors Riz Ahmed and Natalie Press and is narrated by Drew in the form of a rap.

With some pretty gruesome scenes involving the treatment of women, Drew is aware some peoplemight see the film as misogynistic. "I think it's the opposite. I'm trying to say, men are bastards and that's how they treat women in that environment. So if it comes across as misogynistic, in reality it is, in that world. But anyone who thinks it's cool to treat women like that is a c***."

The film may be bleak but there are moments of humour, albeit very dark humour. …

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