The blaxploitation genre started with Melvin van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song in 1971 and has influenced many an American director -- notably Quentin Tarantino and John Singleton, for example. Now the British cinema has come out with Rollin With the Nines, a raw and violent tale of gang warfare in a British ghetto. The film is directed by Julian Gilbey, a white director who made the low-budget action film Reckoning Day, and features a grime-filled soundtrack as well as cameos from famous grime musicians such as Dizzee Rascal. The film has been making the festival circuit in the U.S. and won Best UK Feature at the Raindance Film Festival last year. Maybe this is the start of something new in British Cinema. (But can you imagine a British version of something like Pootie Tang?)
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