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Yardie (2018)

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Set in '70s Kingston and '80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood,... See full summary »

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Idris Elba

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antwayne Eccleston Antwayne Eccleston ... Young D
Fraser James ... Piper
Aml Ameen ... D
Rayon McLean Rayon McLean ... Skeets
Mark Rhino Smith ... Raggz
Sheldon Shepherd ... King Fox
Christopher Daly Christopher Daly ... Marcus
Reshawna Douglas Reshawna Douglas ... Young Yvonne
Alexandra Vaz Alexandra Vaz ... Beverley
Chris-Ann Fletcher Chris-Ann Fletcher ... Claudette
Paul Haughton Paul Haughton ... Rupie
Everaldo Creary ... Jerry Dread
Carol Lawes Carol Lawes ... Gran
Raheim Edwards Raheim Edwards ... Young Clancy
Sean Lyn Sean Lyn ... Mr. Cheung
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Set in '70s Kingston and '80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don and music producer named King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd). Fox dispatches him to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), and his daughter who he's not seen since she was a baby. He also hooks up with a soundclash crew, called High Noon. But before he can be convinced to abandon his life of crime and follow "the righteous path", he encounters the man who shot his brother 10 years earlier, and embarks on a bloody, explosive quest for retribution - a quest which brings him into conflict with vicious London gangster Rico (Stephen Graham). Written by Studiocanal

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 2018 (UK) See more »

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Warp Films,BFI Film Fund See more »
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Trivia

Idris Elba proposed to his girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre at a screening of the film in East London. See more »

Quotes

King Fox: I sent you to London so you wouldn't start a war in Kingston.
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Soundtracks

My Jamaican Boy
Written by Grace Jones
Performed by Grace Jones
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Idris nailed it
4 September 2018 | by fameasserleedsSee all my reviews

Go see this film!

Idris Elba's directorial debut is almost perfect.

Straight off the bat, I am giving this a 9/10.

Such a great film.

Most of it is spoken in strong Jamaican twang, so you have to really concentrate on the words that are being spoken, but you soon get used to it, and by having the characters speak that strongly, Elba has helped the authenticity of the whole piece come together.

Everything is helped along by a phenomenal soundtrack and top drawer acting.

As we follow D's plight from a young age, seeing the tragedy, before growing up and falling into one of the gangs he had been helping attempt to unite as a child. He ends up in London, reuniting with his love and their daughter. He creates tensions between all the different players in the games at hand and gets deeper and deeper into trouble.

I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of this film. It's got heart and tension, there's a spatter of comedy, but more trauma and distress.

I am going to go away and read the novel now!

Idris...you nailed it!


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