Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hardcore Hackney

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hardcore Hackney

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Byline: Derek Malcolm

MY BROTHER THE DEVIL Cert 15, 111 mins ADORNED with awards from Berlin, Sundance and the London Film Festival, Hackney resident Sally El Hosaini's debut feature starts off like a distinctly superior version of gangland thrillers where violent death and mumbling patois are never far away.

Halfway through, however, it turns into something entirely different -- a courageous stab at telling us what might well happen if homosexuality was added to the mix.

"I'd rather my brother was a terrorist than a homo," says Fady Elsayed's Mo, a young British Egyptian who is constantly prevented by Rashid, his elder brother ( James Floyd), from joining him as a drug dealer.

The mixed-race Hackney gang (DMG, standing for drugs, money and guns) beckons but "bro" won't have his sibling follow in his footsteps.

Then he (and we) suddenly discover that though Rashid has a girlfriend, he is in fact gay and embarking on an affair with Said Taghmaoui's photographer. …

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