Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

City of Tiny Lights [.]

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

City of Tiny Lights [.]

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CITY OF TINY LIGHTS (15) HHH HH TOMMY AKHTAR (Riz Ahmed) is a low-rent private detective in the manor of his youth in a grimy nook of west London, where the scourge of drugs has driven down property prices and torn apart communities.

He has recently moved back home to live with his cricket-loving immigrant father, Farzad (Roshan Seth), who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Stumbling into the office one morning, Tommy is delighted when a prostitute called Melody (Cush Jumbo) hires him to locate her Russian co-worker (Amanda Andres), who has disappeared after meeting with a new client.

The search leads to old school pal Lovely (James Floyd), now a highflying property developer, and the local Islamic Youth League run by a mullah (Alexander Siddig), who rails against a society "riven with false idols".

Heavy-handed interventions from a menacing anti-terrorism officer (Vincent Regan) signal that Tommy's missing person's case is part of a far-reaching deadly conspiracy and he enlists the help of a local lad, Avid (Mohammed Ali Amiri), as a snitch. …

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