Throw down some rhymes in this street smart rites of passage drama set against the thrilling, confrontational world of rap battles that Metro calls, “Authentic and punchy”.
A scorching debut from director Ed Lilly, who co-wrote the script with Daniel Hayes, VS. is a gritty, urgent, exciting drama that takes a no holds barred look at a living large spitting bars rap youth culture.
Featuring a stand-out, emotionally-charged lead performance from Connor Swindells (soon to appear in the Netflix series Sex Education) VS. also boasts a first rate cast of up-and-coming talent including The First Purge star Joivan Wade, Fola Evans-Akingbola (from Game of Thrones), rapper and musician Shotty Horroh in his film debut and Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude); as well as award-winning veteran actress Ruth Sheen (Another Year, Vera Drake).
With a sensational soundtrack featuring the likes of grime superstars Stormzy, Skepta and Bugzy Malone, the film is thrillingly authentic thanks to the involvement of experienced battle rappers including Shotty Horroh, Rowan ‘Eurgh’ Faife, Tony D, Shuffle T and Gemin1.
After garnering a host of rave reviews on its cinema release, this 8 Mile for a new generation is a rap-packed, big-hearted blast of an experience.
“The wars of words are thrilling and often eye-wateringly offensive” ★★★★ Ed Potton, The Times
“An authentic and punchy watch” ★★★★ Metro
“An energetic rite of passage” Sight and Sound
Released 28th January on EST, 4th February on VOD and 11th February on DVD