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The Intent Hits UK Screens & Available on ITunes 29 July

Written by Marlon Palmer




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


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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  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 

AWOL Film Première – Thurs 25th June @ Genesis Cinema

Written by: Marlon Palmer

Our friend and colleague Fredi ‘Kruga’ Nwaka a filmmaker whose film events we have featured here previously and definitely ‘one to keep an eye on’; told us that is he really looking forward to the big première of his new film AWOL and invites you to join him, cast and crew on Thursday 25th June (6.00pm) at the Genesis Cinema in Mile End Road, east London.

As well as enjoying this new film starring the ladies favourite Charles ‘Chucky’ Venn you will also be entertained by Ex-Factor R&B sensations Rough Copy & singer/song-writer Fidel.

We will be there and as usual after all our weeks hard-work be looking forward to the after-party and celebrating the birthday of Mr Charles Venn, we hope your coming to join us all at this celebratory film event.


Find out more about the event and how to buy tickets on our events pages here:


Terence Powell (Charles VennEastenders, Casualty, Batman), a British paratrooper, returns home after having spent four years fighting out in Iraq. On his surprise arrival back home he finds his childhood sweet heart, his fiancée (Jade Asha-The Intent, As bad as me) in the arms of another man. Powell immediately recognises  this man to be his best friend, a former soldier who had received early conditional discharge due to an injury. Powell wants to find out exactly what has been happening while he has been away serving Queen and country.

Is it possible that his best friend and fiancée could be having an affair?

What follows is a roller coaster of emotions, unanswered questions but more importantly a journey which will change the lives of those around him forever.

Sometimes the hardest battle is the one in your head…

Starring: Charles Venn, Jade Asha, Aaron Eaton, Colin Vider, Fidel, Luke Kidd & Ritchie Edwards











For further information follow: @theawolfilm @fredikruga on Twitter & Instagram

Email: info@gridlocfilms.com



Lets Support CRIME & Help Them Change The Lives of Disadvantaged Young People

CRIME stands for Creating Role Models a London based organisation whose aims are to support young people and their efforts to leave gang life, highlight issues around the abuse of young people and ultimately provide development opportunities towards new life-changing careers in the media industry.

If you pay to watch this new short film you will then be contributing to changing the lives of our disadvantaged young people through the work ‘Creating Roles Models’ does in the community – without your support they will not be able to do the work they do as funding through government agencies is hard to come by these days and when it is gained, its often very restrictive.

You can also gain a small percentage of profits by sharing this video with as many friends as you can – so please also share.

A film by Fredi Nwaka & the Gridlock Team

50% of the proceeds from sales will go towards the ‘IM A SURVIVOR’ campaign, giving young people who have been abused a voice and help with both physical and mental healing.

medium_some_things_one_sheet_web_resSOME THINGS… is an independent, short film written and directed by Fredi ‘KRUGA’ Nwaka and produced by GRIDLOC FILMS.

The world can be a cruel place and inner city London is no exception. When an innocent young girl becomes caught up in a world of sexual abuse and emotional blackmail her life quickly spirals out of control.

What happens when you feel betrayed by the very person whose supposed to protect you? What do you do? Who do you turn to?



Inspired by true events this film is about when hope, courage, determination and faith just isn’t enough.

SOME THINGS… can’t be fixed!

This is not just a film… its a journey…

One that will not only touch every one who watches it but also may help save a life or two and encourage other young people to talk up.