Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's a Rap: Plan B Movie Takes Him Back to East London Roots

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's a Rap: Plan B Movie Takes Him Back to East London Roots

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Byline: Miranda Bryant

A BEST-selling rapper has returned to his east London roots to make a film inspired by the lives of people with whom he grew up.

Ben Drew -- also known as Plan B -- has made his directorial debut with a film about life on the deprived estates of Forest Gate.

Ill Manors, which is in post-production, includes true stories such as that of a girl who stole a drug dealer's phone and was then forced to become a prostitute.

Drew, 26, who was frequently targeted by bullies at school and beaten up by his stepfather, said he wanted to make a film that showed where his early cynicism came from.

"For years I always thought the worst of what could happen, but through my success I'm slowly becoming an optimistic person. The main character, Aaron, in my film realises at the end that he is trapped in a cycle and leaves his estate," said Drew, who now lives in Dalston.

The film has four main characters whose lives are intertwined as they fight for respect on the streets. …

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