Plan B: ‘I faced a lot of prejudice when making a film’

Rapper says he faced 'prejudice' getting behind the camera for 'Ill Manors'

Plan B has claimed that cinema snobs were unhappy that he was directing his own flick, Ill Manors.

The film, which is the rapper’s directorial debut, and stars Riz Ahmed, Natalie Press and Dannielle Brent, will be released on May 4 and is set in Forest Gate in London. A soundtrack album of the same name, meanwhile, will be released on May 7.

Speaking to NME about the film in a video interview which you can watch by scrolling up to the top of the page and clicking, he said:

I was inexperienced and didn’t have a lot of money, and I guess some people didn’t like the fact I was making a film. I never went to film school, I didn’t know the technical terms for films, so there was a lot of prejudice towards me.

He went on to add: “But then there was some people that really believed in my vision and gave me all the support I needed. So I’m glad the film was made the way it was, because the experience I’ve gained from it has been invaluable. I feel like I’ve been making films for many years now.”

He also spoke about the plot of the film, which runs over the course of a few days, with six interlinking short stories – each represented by a different rap song – that come together at the end, and said the tone was reminiscent of his debut album ‘Who Needs Actions When You Got Words’.

“It’s like the hip-hop musical version of Crash,” he said. “But I don’t want to call it a musical, because none of the actors start singing or dancing or anything. It’s quite serious. It’s just part of the films are narrated by music. If you can imagine my first record but with visuals… parts are just like a normal film, others are told by kind of music video storytelling.”

You can listen to the first single from the album – which is also called ‘Ill Manors’ – by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

To read the exclusive interview with Plan B, in which he also talks about his return to a hip-hop sound on his new album, pick up the latest issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally now.