Not Yet Rated| 2 hr. 1 min.
Eight people struggle to survive on the streets and fight for respect.
Director: Ben Drew
Genres: Crime drama
Aaron bed-sits alone. Dressed in \"street uniform\" baseball cap, trainers and black outfit with a \"Hoodie\" top, he smokes a rollie. Un-blinking,he watches social commentary on TV. A range of \"street people\" express their views on \"The social problem\". As a \'youth worker\' states emphatically \"It is a definite bonus to have a strong family background ...\", Aaron looks devastated and gulps. We are left in no doubt, he is from a broken home, he\'s been in care and though he is alert and aspirational, he\'s in a dark place right now. The voice of the Writer-Director (Ben Drew), narrates; warning us to put our seat-belts on. His words become a Rap Poem, blending smoothly into his performance of \"I Am the Narrator\". A drum, snare, and bass track with a hook line that samples \"Aquarium\" from The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-SaÃ«ns; placing your nerves firmly on edge with it\'s intensity and eerieness. Getting straight down to business, this opener plays to scenes of full-on drug dealing and drug using activities, with panoramic vulture\'s eye views of the urban underworld, all punters, prostitutes, and gangsters. Aaron is dealing outside a pub with his friend Ed, who serves a punter some drugs. As soon as his client\'s out of earshot, Ed starts to insult him in a way that immediately confirms his \'scumbag\' credentials. What is Aaron doing with this idiot? In hopeless cycles of fear, flight, and attack; the characters connect and collectively manifest the poisonous web that is their ghetto-hood. With it\'s killer soundtrack, razor-blade-sharp eye for plot-detail, visual gags, and a speed-dial connection to \" Hood-life circa 2012\&*************** Ill Manors is sometimes surprising, sometimes painfull; but never dull. On this roller coaster ride of losses and gains, everyone rides and no one is clean; but the ticket to redemption can sometimes be bought for a price, paid in deeds or paid in blood. What this movie lacks in perspective depth, it more than makes up for with a style and pace, that leave many movie releases of 2012 standing. Contemporary Street vibes and idioms are vividly captured, and projected with an authentic immediate bleakness. While possibly falling \'only-just\' short of being a \"classic\"; Ben Drew\'s directorial film debut is an amazingly confident foray into the \'social-realism movie\' arena. His talents as an established singer songwriter serve him well, and add a refreshing twist to this well-trodden genr