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Ill Manors review

Plan B's directorial debut examines a 'Broken Britain'

Rapper Plan B becomes director Ben Drew with this wilfully bleak debut, an ambitious and angry diatribe against “David Cameron’s broken Britain”.

The plot is fractured into six interconnected segments, following the lives of various druggies, hoodies and prozzies. There are a few ‘first film’ slips; coincidences pile up, some of the grimness tests plausibility and the flaming finale really belongs in an EastEnders Christmas special.

But wringing tortured turns from a cast of unknowns, Drew has things to say – and he mostly says them well.

Take that, Prime Minister.

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Joshua Winning

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.