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The Intent Hits UK Screens & Available on ITunes 29 July

Written by Marlon Palmer
25.07.16

 

 

UK CRIME THRILLER THE INTENT TO BE RELEASED ACROSS UK CINEMAS FROM 29th JULY

This summer’s eagerly anticipated film stars some of the UK’s finest actors and rappers 

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UK, LONDON: 29TH JUNENicky Slimting Films and Purple Geko today announce their glossy British film, The Intent is set for a theatrical and multiplatform release on Friday 29th July. Written and produced by the award-winning Nicky Slimting Walker (It’ A Lot) and Femi Oyeniran (Kidulthood, Adulthood, Anuvahood, It’s A Lot), who also serves as director, The Intent tells the story of an undercover police officer assigned by Metropolitan Police unit, Trident to bring a notorious gang of robbers and drug traffickers to justice. As the officer becomes entangled in a web of gang culture and lies, will they have “The Intent” to abide by their oath to the force or succumb to the pressure and remain loyal to their crew?

Featuring a stellar cast of British talent, the film will be released in cinemas across the UK in association with Ourscreen, and on digital and home entertainment. To accompany the multiplatform launch, there will also be a motion picture soundtrack released simultaneously, featuring leading UK urban artists Ghetts, Rudekid, Ms. Banks, Big Tobz, Ruff Sqwad, Cadet and more. The soundtrack will be available on Friday 29th July to download online and purchase in stores nationwide.

The film sees Gunz, played by the critically-acclaimed Birmingham actor Dylan Duffus (1 Day and Line of Duty), thrust into a world of danger and excitement when he joins the TIC crew, led by the ruthless and notorious Hoodz, who is played by renowned UK grime artist and actor, Scorcher (Topboy). The crew, which also includes Mitch, played by Femi Oyeniran and D’Angel, played by Shone Romulus (Topboy), go from low-level weed peddling to full on armed robberies within a fortnight. As their newfound infamy affords them a glamorous life of guns, drugs and girls, they soon catch the unwanted attention of the police and a rival gang. To make matters worst they also have to deal with being infiltrated by an undercover police officer.

The film also features a number of leading UK artists, including successful hip hop duo, Krept and Konan, and champion of the streets, Fekky who is signed to Island Records. Other actors include Ashley Chin, (Law & Order: UK, Waking the Dead, Silent Witness, Casualty, Storm Damage), Jade Asha (Drake, AWOL) and Sarah Akokhia (Venus vs Mars, Hallows Eve).

Determined to break the mould of filmmaking, Nicky and Femi have partnered with UK based digital-social platform, Ourscreen – which aims to support the great work being done in cinema across the UK and enables film fans to control their local screens.

Director and Producer, Femi Oyeniran says: “We wanted to create a film that harked back to the American classics we grew up watching – Paid in Full, Juice, Belly and In Too Deep, films that starred the most popular rappers of their time. So we have been meticulous in putting every aspect of the film together from its conception to its release. From casting some of the best UK talent like Scorcher, Krept & Konan and Fekky, amongst others, to supplementing the film with a monumental soundtrack and music videos with leading artists such as Ghetts. We have also been working closely with new platform Ourscreen and believe that it is the future of cinema, especially for younger audiences as it gives them greater choice and flexibility over theatrical screenings.”

Writer and Producer, Nicky Slimting Walker says: “The Ourscreen model is a perfect way to make sure our film demographic are able to see it in their local cinema where it might not have been showing by setting up their own screening with friends and family. My hope is that The Intent will be the first in a long line of films that we plan to unleash to youth audiences with this platform.”

Actor, Scorcher adds: “It’s so exciting to see the film coming out after all the hard work we put into it. I’m really proud to just be apart of this.”

Director Femi Oyeniran Spoke to Kush and wanted to relay this information to other aspiring filmmakers:
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THE INTENTION behind THE INTENT


  1. We made this film because we wanted to make a film that was completely different to our first film, which is a comedy called IT’S A LOT, which is still available on Netflix. We didn’t want to be filmmakers that repeat the same film over and over again. As young filmmakers we want to explore different genres and this time we have chosen action thriller. Perhaps next time, it will be a rom-com.
  1. The film touches on myriad themes including religion, relationships, parenthood, policing as well as the more obvious themes.
  1. We wanted to create a film in the mould of 90s and early noughties classics, which featured rappers acting alongside actors and have gone on to be successful, such as Belly, Juice, In Too Deep and Paid in Full. We took elements of all those films to create this film. We were inspired by Hype Williams’ visual style as exemplified by Belly as well as the fact that he casted the biggest rappers of the day DMX and NAS in lead roles. Some elements of our story is inspired by Juice – such as the corner shop robbery and our lead character HOODZ is informed by Tupac’s BISHOP. The film follows the story of people who are reluctant to get into street life in the same way as Paid in Full. And ultimately, In Too Deep inspired us as we have a police officer who delves too deep like Omar Epps. These 90s/ early 00s classics inspired us to create this film.
  1. We wanted to create a platform that brought rappers (Krept n Konan/Fekky/Scorcher/DVS) and put them alongside up and coming UK actors Dylan Duffus, Ashley Chin, Shone Romulus, Sarah Akokhia etc.
  1. We wanted to create something independently from conception to realisation to distribution. Everything you see about the film is us; its funded by us and/or our friends.
  1. We wanted to inspire other filmmakers to have the confidence to make films – any type of film. If we can do it so can you.

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Buy the film from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/movie/the-intent/id1131291379

Cinema Release Information:

A full list of the cinemas is available here: https://www.ourscreen.com/film/the-intent/

Additional cinemas to be added in August:

  • Vue Bristol
  • Vue Cardiff
  • Vue Stratford City
  • Vue Manchester Lowry
  • Vue Leeds The Light
  • Vue Wood Green
  • Vue Acton
  • Vue Star City Birmingham
  • Vue Croydon Grants
  • Vue Westfield
  • Vue Croydon
  • Vue Birmingham 

Busy, busy, Its going to be an exciting 2014!

21.03.14

Hello Film Lovers,
I hope all is well and good,
Do we have some good film news for you!

Good to be finally communicating with you as it’s been such a busy 2014 already and wow it’s almost the end of March already – this year has just raced along and we here at Kush have just about noticed; as right now we are in film heaven and work overload.

We are currently working on the marketing for two big new films which we want to tell you all about and hopefully you will decide to go and see them yourselves and also give us your feedback once seen.

The first film is STARRED UP (18) a very, very serious new British film depicting a startling view of prison life and how it affects young people (our young people), watching this film made me suddenly become thoughtful about all the young men and women now growing up angry without adequate or in some cases no parental guidance at all and finding themselves incarcerated.

Prison life is brutal and vicious and somewhat not geared to rehabilitation, it’s a miracle that some do find their way in life after incarceration.

Did you know that at the end of June 2013 there were 6,262 prison inmates in prisons in England aged 18-20 (7%).  10% of the prison population are aged 18-25 and 21-24 yr olds made up 15% of the prison population (12,822).

Black and Black British people made up 2.8 percent of the population but 13.2% of the prison population.

STARRED UP depicts prison life plainly, thrillingly and of course shockingly but in such a real-to-life way that the deeper you go into the film you really begin to understand the young lead characters PrisonWalkangry need for violence and you even absolutely feel sorry for him at the end.  Many young children in jail are products of their environment and know no better and only know one way of how to protect themselves and their fragile vulnerability.     

 

At the beginning of this week Kush organised a press screening and invited all the hot influential young entrepreneurs running media business along with a few older media & press personnel and as far as I know everyone that has seen the film young and old has been totally gripped, startled, excited and finally praising of the film (women and men alike), it’s also quite funny in places. It’s a must see – I say!

It is one of the best British films I have seen in a very long time and the star turn performance by young Jack O’Connell (Skins) is worthy of a rising star tag!  The supporting cast of David Ajala, Ashley Chin, David Avery, Rupert Friend  & Anthony Welsh

Starred Up is In UK cinemas from today: Friday 21st Marchtry it you may like it!
I Loved it!

You can find out more info on the film on our New Releases and Film Review pages.

STARRED-UP-_quad-posterFINARelease Date: March 21st 2014 / Certificate: 18
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 Make sure to check-out the Kush review for Starred Up
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The other film we are working on is “Half Of A Yellow Sun”, a new epic super-dooper Nigerian film starring Oscar Winner Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton (Crash), Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls)  & young John Boyega (Attack The Block). I know many of you are familiar with the story through the award winning novel written by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who has again recently won an American literary award for her new novel Americanah, which allegedly Lupita Nyong’o is in talks with her to make into a film.

Half Of A Yellow Sun directed by Nigerian Biyi Bandele known for his theatre work may be the film that takes Nollywood to Hollywood, this is no low budget film it’s a sprawling epic piece of filmmaking that has great performances from the cast and I think this is easily one of Thandie Newton’s best career performances.

I will be letting you all know all about the upcoming premiere which we are working on where Chiwetel and others from the cast will be present.

Half Of A Yellow Sun will arrive in UK cinemas on 11 April 2014.

I am expecting the African and African-Caribbean communities to unite and come out in force to support this film and give it great box office figures upon release confirming the arrival of larger budget size black films from the continents of Europe and Africa.

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lanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family. Returning to a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the two women make very different choices. Olanna shocks her family by going to live with her lover, the “revolutionary professor” Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his devoted houseboy Ugwu (John Boyega) in the dusty university town of Nsukka; Kainene turns out to be a fiercely successful businesswoman when she takes over the family interests, and surprises herself when she falls in love with Richard (Joseph Mawle), an English writer.

Preoccupied by their romantic entanglements, and a betrayal between the sisters, the events of their life loom larger than politics. However, they become caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war, in which the lgbo people fought an impassioned struggle to establish Biafra as an independent republic, ending in chilling violence which shocked the entire country and the world.

Based on the award-winning best seller by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, HALF OF A YELLOW SUN is the feature film debut from London based Nigerian playwright, novelist and screenwriter Biyi Bandele. Starring Oscar-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), BAFTA-winner Thandie Newton (Crash), BAFTA-nominee Joseph Mawle (Birdsong), Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls) and John Boyega (Attack the Block).

HALF OF A YELLOW SUN is an epic love-story weaving together the lives of four people swept up in the turbulence of war, produced by Andrea Calderwood of Slate Films (The Last King of Scotland).

A FILM BY BIYI BANDELE | BASED ON THE BESTSELLING NOVEL BY CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE

STARRING: THANDIE NEWTON | CHIWETEL EJIOFOR | ANIKA NONI ROSE | JOSEPH MAWLE | JOHN BOYEGA |GENEVIEVE NNAJI | ONYEKA ONWENU

Release date: 11 April 2014

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Well that’s me for another month; got lots of work to do which includes the continued development of kushfilms.com so be prepared to see some new changes happening to the site over the course of the next two-three month with new pages & sections that we hope you will like and enjoy using.

If there is anything I can do to help you in your film industry career then please let me know?

advice on best career routes, how best to promote and market your film, where to look for government funding, film exhibition etc then please feel free to send me an email: info@kushfilms.com

Best

Marlon Palmer
Director

Starred Up: Film Review

 

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NB – This app allows you to view the trailer and then find cinemas near you (using your location or inputting the post code); you can also check out showtime’s. Once you’ve found the right cinema and correct showtime you can click on that link to book your tickets which then takes you through to the film booking page on the cinema venues website.

 

Written by Leslie Pitt
20.03.14

Starring: Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend, David Ajala, Anthony Welsh & Ashley Chin

One of the reasons Alan Clarke’s Scum remains in the British psyche, is down to how relentlessly unyielding the film is. Like so much of Clarke’s work, the film details a broken social system and its disparate underclass with a potency that has become difficult to match. Texts such as NEDS (2011) and the works of Shane Meadows have come exceedingly close. We’ve also seen the London gangster movie (and football hooligan sub-genre) cumbersomely littering supermarkets everywhere yet do little to penetrate the consciousness further. Clarke’s film remains a constant reminder of the some of the sordid crevices we like to ignore.

Starred Up enforces itself upon the viewer like a 35 year old update of Clarke’s original texts. Infused with a fierceness sparked by Jack O’Connell’s savagely raw central performance, Starred Up does well to pose difficult questions to current justice system without resorting to easy answers. Despite the grimness of the subject matter, the portrayal of such a difficult protagonist is a riveting one.

Based on screenwriter Jonathan Asser’s own experiences as a volunteer for HM Wandsworth, Starred Up illustrates the difficulties of rehabilitation which was seen with Clarke’s earlier Scum.  Higher-ups clash over their convictions of how to deal with the prisoners. O’Connell’s Eric is powder keg waiting to blow, but the screws can only envision cruelty as discipline. Oliver (deceptively played by Rupert Friend) spies the possibility of reformation but is held-back by red tape.  Eric’s father Neville (Mendelsohn) is a particularly dangerous part of the equation, as he is the epitome of the institutionalised man.

As with such narratives, Eric has  demons and angels on either flank pushing him towards the side they favour, highlighting the films main theme – control. Through the complicated prison hierarchy, -Jack O Connell playing Eric and Ben Mendelsohn playing Nevilleto the anger management tasks given during the group therapy, nearly every scene is an example of combating or maintaining control over masculinity and aggression.  David MacKenzie and cinematographer Michael McDonough encompass this by encasing the film in tight, cagey close ups.

It’s O’Connell that is the main draw here, with a snarling performance that is reminiscent of Tim Roth’s teeth gnashing display in Made in Britain. O’ Connell’s Eric doesn’t hold the same intelligence as Trevor, but inhabits a ferocity that’s no less intense. O’ Connell, whose best known as mouthy delinquent James Cook in TV’s Skins, continues his impressive work here, balancing his aggression with the same devil may care swagger that made him the most memorable characters of the Skins series.  Ben Mendelsohn once again delivers his own particular brand of manic energy to a father role that could have been a lot more typically conveyed. Much like the films plot – which comes across more like rugged vignettes than a conventional plot – Mendelsohn adds an unpredictability to scenes that ratchets the tension to formidable levels.

MacKenzie’s film also delivers wise choices with the lesser known supporting cast. David Ajala and TheGroupAnthony Walsh (My Brother the Devil) invigorate supporting roles that are often considered as thankless. Their characters are not just lip service to a white anti-hero, but well formed secondary characters. The suggestion that these characters have benefited from therapy is a factor of importance when we place their ethnicity into consideration. The sight of urban characters providing an alternative to violence, while not being nurtured themselves is an important and welcoming element.

At its lesser moments Starred Up comes off as slightly televisual and those well versed in British film may wonder why we need another grim and gritty feature. However, the film at its best is a tense and authentic drama with a surprising amount of dark humour. Starred Up observes the limits of control being pushed to breaking point with effectiveness.  MacKenzie never takes his eyes off the prize, dealing ideas of civility along with the rattled cages of the snarling dogs. Many bemoan the British fixation on grit and grime. The thing is, it’s tough when we make them quite well.

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New Much Talked About British Prison Drama STARRED UP hits UK Cinemas: 21 March 2014

 

IN CINEMAS NOW

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When Eric, a young man whose native language is violence, is prematurely moved to an adult jail (“starred up” in prison speak), he enters an environment where secret lines exist between different strata of the pecking order and a careless glance or a word can lead to bloodshed.

When Eric tries to assert himself by going on the attack, the prison kingpin assigns an older man, Nev, to watch over him. Nev, whom Eric has not seen since the age of five, is Eric’s father. Behind bars, Nev has created a new kind of family in the narrow world of the prison wings. He wields considerable authority, but not over his son, who resents Nev’s attempts to control, influence and protect him.

Eric battles to assert himself against the prison officers. He goes through territorial conflicts with other inmates and is forced to challenge the unfamiliar and unwelcome paternal authority of his own father. Through these struggles, he learns that there are smart options beyond hidden razor RupertFriend_smllblades and brutal force. A lone prison psychotherapist, Oliver (Rupert Friend), brings Eric into his therapy group comprising a small, tight unit of inmates who are learning to confront and control their anger and murderous impulses.  They share their pasts in therapy and spar with each other in boxing training and workouts. They offer Eric something he has never experienced before: the promise of trust and maybe even friendship. Oliver and the group help turn a mirror on Eric’s anger and expose its origins in parental abandonment.

Hope and change are strange new forces for Eric: his years coming up through Care, Secure Units and then a Young Offenders Institution have taught him to trust no-one and to attack rather than to listen. Can Eric complete his journey of transformation through the rivalries and hatreds, the visible and invisible barriers that dominate prison life? Can the boy learn enough to save himself and reconcile with his father in any way? As Eric smashes the rules – first with the prison officers and then with the prison kingpin – he becomes marked as “trouble” by both sides, putting himself in grave danger since the officers and the prison mafia are secretly in cahoots, and have ways of making prisoners who are trouble disappear.

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Starred Up” is a powerful film that turns an unflinching eye to the cruelty depicted within the fictional prison walls, while at the same time revealing hidden layers of camaraderie and hope amidst the violence. The focus is on emotional truth not stylization or glamorization. Also woven into the narrative are details about prison life that we have not often seen before, details which are revealed here with authority. Despite the tensions within the film, director David Mackenzie’s perspective is ultimately a compassionate one.

Rising star Jack O’ Connell gives Eric an edgy, unpredictable energy that carries much of the story, and his plight is framed by two opposing forces: his father and his therapist. Australian veteran actor Ben Mendelsohn creates an explosive picture of a man twisted by the system and unable to prove himself as a father. Mendelsohn, who gave a terrifying performance in the multi-award-winning “Animal Kingdom”, shows STARRED-UP_Father&Songreat sensitivity beneath the violent façade. At the other extreme is Eric’s therapist, portrayed by Rupert Friend, a character who might just crack, and who may have a secret history of violence. In a way that reflects the protagonist’s own experience, we the audience don’t know who to trust – father, therapist, or neither. 

In an attempt to capture the tension and raw immediacy of the story, Mackenzie shot the film in sequence and edited with a two-editor crew – including long term collaborator Jake Roberts – to get results almost immediately after they were shot.  This energy is amplified by Mackenzie’s careful preparation with the cast who were given the freedom to explore the material and inhabit their characters, producing performances that are alive and unpredictable. 

This, along with the use of an almost fully intact former prison (with subtle and detailed production design by Tom McCulloch) creates a picture of a real environment. This is complemented by cinematographer Michael McDonough ASC, who worked closely with director and cast to capture the atmosphere and nuances of the story, giving it an unexpected human warmth.

With “Starred Up”, we see a filmmaker achieving maturity, paradoxically through his embrace of greater simplicity. We also see the emergence of a new energetic and important talent with O’Connell creating what may be his signature role in years to come. 

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TheGroupAnthony Welsh (“My Brother the Devil”, “Red Tails”, “Comes A Bright Day”), who plays Hassan, Ashley Chin (Victim) who plays Ryan and rising actor David Ajala (“The Dark Knight”, “Fast and Furious”), who plays Tyrone, are in the therapy group set up by Oliver and joined by newcomer Eric.

Anthony and David hadn’t previously worked together but “we did a screen test together,” says Anthony, “and pretty soon we were finishing each other’s sentences. There’s only one scene in which we don’t appear together. That was actually quite emotional.” That instinctive bond is vital to the dynamic of the prison therapy group of which they are key members.

“The whole essence of that group,” says David, “is ‘I won’t give you the answer, you have to find the answer for yourself.’ It’s tough love for Eric. That world is really heightened, claustrophobic. There’s no outside world, which means that every little thing is important. Something that wouldn’t be noticed on the outside just erupts in that environment. You can never switch off.”  Says Anthony: “With all the characters in the film, there’s an outer life, how you carry yourself on the wing and in the group, and then there’s an inner life as well. You see Tyrone and Hassan in their cell, drinking tea, having a little smoke, or working out. That’s intimate. It’s the opposite of how you have to be the rest of the time.”

Director Mackenzie’s plan that the actors should practically live in the prison had benefits says Anthony: “It really took time to think of that place as a film set. The first time I stepped into a cell and the door closed I just stood there for five minutes, trying to take it in, thinking about the people who’d been in there, the writing on the wall… You have to be match fit for this kind of filmmaking. David doesn’t do many cuts; it’s just ‘go again, go again, go again’. I think that keeps it real. You watch this and you think, ‘these guys are serious’.”

GET TO KNOW ‘PRISON SPEAK’ – A GLOSSARY

  • ACKI – fellow Muslim BACON – any type of sex offender BAG HEAD – heroin addict CLUMP – hit
  • CSU (Care and Separation Unit) – solitary confinement DOUBLE BUBBLE – two for one
  • FRAGGLE – vulnerable prisoner
  • GWAP – money
  • KANGA – prison officer
  • KICK OFF BACK DOOR – anal sex
  • MUG OFF – show disrespect OFF – kill
  • STARRED UP – premature transferral from juvenile to adult jail
  • STRAIGHTENER – pre-arranged fist fight
  • TECH – mobile phone TOP – kill

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