Plan B has spoken about his forthcoming debut film iLL Manors and insisted that he isn’t “trying to glorify” gang violence.
The rapper released the brutal trailer for the flick, which will be released on June 6, earlier this week (May 4). The film stars Riz Ahmed, Nathalie Press and Dannielle Brent and runs over the course of a few days, with six inter-linking short stories, represented by a different rap song, coming together at the end. You can watch the trailer by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.
Speaking to the Evening Standard about the movie’s gritty subject matter, Plan B – who will also release a soundtrack album for iLL Manors on June 25, featuring his single of the same name – said that he had tried to portray youth crime and gang culture as something “disgusting” rather than “romantic”.
“I’m not trying to glorify them,” he said of his cast of characters. “This film says, ‘This is the reality of it.'” He added:
It’s not a fairytale, you’re not going to go on some fucked-up adventure and come out the other end. It’s not glamorous, it’s not romantic, it’s fucking dark and disgusting.
Speaking about his hopes for the film, meanwhile, he said: “People hopefully will get some understanding by watching it and see that there is a reason behind every despicable crime that happens. It’s not just some mindless thug taking their anger out on someone. It usually stems from some really deep-seated, fucked-up places.”
Speaking to NME previously 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.”
Plan B will tour the UK this summer, playing seven shows in forests across the UK. The gigs begin at Thetford Forest on June 15 and then take in five further forests before finishing up on July 7 at Delamere Forest in Cheshire.