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Blue Story Rated 15

Blue Story

Dir. Andrew Onwubolu. UK, 2019. 1h 31m. Starring Stephen Odubola, Micheal Ward, Khali Best, Karla-Simone Spence, Eric Kofi-Abrefa, Kadeem Ramsay

Two friends go to the same school in Peckham but live in different, warring postcodes. They initially stay out of the fight and remain close, but they soon find themselves on opposite sides of a gang war. Feature adaptation of writer-director Andrew Onwubolu's (AKA the south London MC Rapman) three-part YouTube series Shiro’s Story exploring the loss of innocence and the trauma caused by gang warfare in London.

'I've often wondered what would happen if low-budget "hood" movies were made at scale; the clarity, energy and rhythm of Onwubolu's storytelling make the case for it.' ★★★★ Simran Hans, The Observer

'He's got a message but he doesn't preach it. His film is unsentimental and powerfully authentic' ★★★★ Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro