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Yardie Rated 15

Yardie

Dir. Idris Elba. UK, 2018. 1h 42m. Starring Aml Ameen, Everaldo Creary, Stephen Graham, Sheldon Shepherd, Shantol Jackson, Fraser James.

A young man moves from his hometown in Jamaica to a Hackney estate and rises through the ranks of the criminal underworld to become a powerful kingpin. Idris Elba’s swaggering directorial debut is an energetic and ambitious adaptation of Victor Headley’s explosive bestselling novel.

‘Yardie has ambition, confidence and energy, not to mention the novelty of being a rare homegrown period drama that isn’t beholden to pallid Downtonisms’ Mike McCahill, The Guardian

‘Idris Elba brings as much attitude and invention to his directing as he does to his acting.’ Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent