Film: My Brother The Devil

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  • Two teenage brothers must face their prejudices head on if they are to survive the perils of being young, British Arabs on the streets of gangland London. ...

    First-time feature director Sally El Hosaini makes a bold and terrifically confident debut, hitting her stride with this urban drama set in east London. It's well made, well acted by a largely non-professional cast and seductively photographed by cinematographer David Raedeker – a muscular and heartfelt film with Stephen Frears's My Beautiful Laundrette somewhere in its DNA. James Floyd plays Rashid, whose hard-working parents came to the UK from Egypt. He has got involved in drug-dealing and gang culture, a world in which supposed tough guys neurotically stay in their "ends" and are shiveringly scared of going anywhere else. His brother, Mo (Fady Elsayed), hero-worships his older sibling, and to Rashid's unease is on the point of neglecting his schoolwork to join him in the drug trade. Rashid entrusts Mo with a minor courier mission that goes wrong, resulting in a spiralling gang confrontation, but at the same time, Rashid himself is developing new ideas and new alliances. It's an athletic, loose-limbed piece of movie-making, not perfect, but bursting with energy and adrenaline.

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  • Sarah

    If I can make date/location would love to go.

    March 12, 2013

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    I am a London newbie, moved here March 2013 and am excited about exploring all the city has to... more

  • Kathy

    Hi! This looks like a really fun group and i don't get much opportunity to see many films.

  • ash

    Sounds like a really good group and always look forward to expanding my film knowledge

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