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(2009)

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Premiered at BAFTA in 2009 as part of the B3 Media 'Blank Slate' programme, supported by the UK Film Council.
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For safety, two trained attack dogs were used to film scenes featuring 'Haydeez' the Rottweiler. Ultimately only one dog made the final cut, Harry.
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The character of crazed drug dealer 'Kevin' was based on a real person who auditioned to play themselves in the film. Director Mustapha Kseibati eventually cast actor Paul Khanna for the role, declaring he was 'more Kevin than Kevin' after seeing a home audition clip.
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Director Mustapha Kseibati cast actor Paul Khanna in the role of 'Kevin' after seeing him in a self recorded home video audition. Months before the same actor had recorded another such audition, being cast by director David Yates in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010).
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The film was originally entitled "Knife", a story about a group of kids who end up going on a failed robbery. After writer and director Mustapha Kseibati showed an early draft to Tom Shankland, he was inspired to change the story emphasis to comedy, a genre more appealing to a generation frustrated by darker drama.
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Mustapha Kseibati had once lived on the estate where most of the film was shot, and former neighbour and close friend Abdul Yusufu can be seen in one scene, picking up a yellow bicycle.
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Actors Tobi Akinboboye and Marcus Boyea were not meant to be considered as the characters they ended up playing were scripted as 17 and 18 years old respectively. An administrative mistake got them to audition whereby they impressed director Mustapha Kseibati and producer Michael Berliner and won their roles.
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Tobi Akinboboye was refused permission by his school to take time off for shooting. Because of this the film was rescheduled 5 weeks to allow for his participation.
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The film's soundtrack was largely provided by Manchester MC Envy. Mustapha Kseibati had previously directed two music videos for her including "Tongue Twister" and "Friday Night" for Stop Start Records.
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The film was shot in Hounslow, a town that sits directly on a Heathrow Airport flight path. As a result, takes had to be scheduled to fit in precise 80 second gaps where air traffic noise was low enough to not interfere. The ensuing technical and artistic pressures were considerable on cast and crew alike.
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