Plan B aiming to release ‘Ill Manors’ movie in January 2012

Ben Drew tells NME he's in for a busy year

Plan B has told NME that he plans to release his first full-length feature film in January 2012.

The rapper and singer, real name Ben Drew, began directing Ill Manors last year and intends to spend most of the year editing the film and writing its soundtrack.

The film is set to be a “multi-character story set against the tough streets of Forest Gate, east London, where everyone is fighting for respect.”


Ill Manors I shot in September, went on tour for two months and then I came back and edited it into a rough assembly in December, that’s where it is right now,” he said.

He added: “I’ve got to write the soundtrack – which I’ve not even started – and have the film finished by November so we can release it in January 2012. It’s going to be a busy year. I wish there were two of me or I had a time machine or some shit.”

The besuited soul-pop man also added that before his cinematic deadlines he still intends to complete his new hip-hop album, ‘The Ballad Of Belmarsh’.

“I’m going to try to finish [‘The Ballad Of Belmarsh’] before May because most of it is written and demoed,” he said. “I doubt we will, but I’ll attempt to do it. It was my ambition to put it out at the same time as ‘The Defamation…’ but it didn’t work like that, so this is the year to release it. It’s just been sitting there gathering dust, but it’s almost ready to go.”

Drew was speaking at the 2011 Music Producers Guild Awards in London last night (February 9), where he won UK Single Of The Year for ‘She Said’.

“It took three years to make the product so this award means a lot to me because it’s focusing on our skill as producer and not just being a popstar,” he said of the prize. “I think the fact that I am a ‘pop star’ overshadows the fact that I am intelligent enough to produce my own shit, unlike 90 percent of the pop stars out there. But I couldn’t do it without my engineers.”


Other winners on the night included Arcade Fire and Mumford and Sons collaborator Marcus Dravs, who was presented with the Producer Of The Year prize by Coldplay‘s Chris Martin.

That honour also included him being given the 2011 Brit Award for Best Producer.

Elsewhere, The Coral won Album Of The Year for ‘Butterfly House’, which they dedicated to producer John Leckie.

“He’s a top producer, he’s proven,” frontman James Skelly told NME. “He’s got a good instinct and good experience. You want to please him. He’s been in the studio with so many great people so when he says, ‘That’s great’, it’s not cheap, if you know what I mean?”

Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield presented Recording Engineer Of The Year to Guy Massey, while the Breakthrough Producer award was handed over to Eliot James by I Am ArrowsAndy Burrows.

Mute Records founder Daniel Miller was honoured by Alison Goldfrapp as he received the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award, while Gary Numan handed out the Joe Meek Award For Innovation to David Bowie producer Tony Visconti.

See for the full list of winners.