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After publishing our hugely popular Top 25 British Gangster Films we thought it time to highlight a few more stand out productions. This time we have selected 10 must-see Gangster films that have been released between 2011/15 and that wasn’t included on our Top 25 list. And please note we use the term ‘Gangster’ loosely and include under this banner, crime, prison and gang culture.
The films are listed in no particular order, from the graphically violently to the tongue-in-cheek. There's even one you can watch for free, Derrion Adams and J. Valentine's Circle Of Revenge.
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iLL Manors (2012) dr. Ben Drew (Plan B)
Ben Drew's brilliant debut feature iLL Manors is a multi-character story set over a few days on the streets of East London. Working from his own script, ILL Manors will also feature brand new music from Plan B.
The film focuses on several core characters and their circles of violence as they survive the streets of East London. Each story weaves into one another, painting an ultra-realistic gritty picture of the world which is on the brink of self-destruction.
Starred Up (2013) dr. David Mackenzie
A troubled and explosively violent teenager is transferred to adult prison where he finally meets his match - his estranged father. Featuring fantastic performances from Jack O'Connell and Ben Mendelsohn, Starred Up is a brilliant, brutal prison drama.
The Guvnors (2014) dr. Gabe Turner
‘The Guvnors’ is both love letter and hate mail to the alpha male. This story's alpha is Mitch (Doug Allen) who lives buried in suburban London, having turned his back on his previous life of casual violence and intimidation as part of a legendary South East London football firm. In the modern day he's the doyen of respectability and quiet confidence, until a young upstart (Harley Sylvester) attempts to drag him back in, desperate to inherit Mitch’s reputation and vanquish his legend. As events escalate around them, secrets are revealed, blood is spilt and lives are shattered. Gabe Turner’s violent thriller explores the sinister, inescapable legacy of a life of violence in all its forms.
We Still Kill The Old Way (2014) dr. Sacha Bennet
When an infamous London gangster of the Krays era is murdered by a street gang, his old firm reunite to bring old school justice to the streets of London.
Honeytrap (2014) dr. Rebecca Johnson
Honeytrap is a tragic teen romance, set in Brixton and inspired by true events. It tells the story of 15-year-old Layla, who sets up the boy in love with her to be killed.
The film explores the jigsaw of elements which allow gang culture to flourish, but it's also a story on a mythic scale: set in a world with its own kings and queens, a world where obsession and jealousies loom larger than life and where status is survival itself.
My Brother The Devil (2012) dr. Sally El Hosaini
Mo is a young boy growing up in a traditional Egyptian household, but beyond the front door of the family's modest London flat is a completely different world - the streets of Hackney. The impressionable Mo (Fady Elsayed) idolizes his handsome older brother Rashid (James Floyd) and wants to follow is his footsteps. However, Rashid, a charismatic and shrewd member of a local gang, wants a different life for his little brother and deals drugs hoping to put Mo through college. One eventful summer, Rashid's sexual awakening forces Mo to confront his own fears and phobias and threatens to tear the brothers apart.
Hackney's Finest (2014) Chris Bouchard
A drug-fuelled night of mayhem and ineptitude in East London! Hackney's Finest is a riotous darkly-comic thriller that pits a motley bunch of hopeless hapless drug dealers against a group of corrupt policemen, Russian thugs and Welsh-Jamaican arms dealers. Set in the East London borough of Hackney, this is an irreverent tale of greed, corruption and the fight for survival, told with a wink and a knowing smile.
Hyena (2015) Gerard Johnson
Michael Logan (Peter Ferdinando) is a complex mix of high-functioning addict and corrupt police officer whose world is changing thanks to a recent influx of ruthless Albanian gangsters who are threatening to change London's criminal landscape. Michael's razor sharp instincts have always kept him one step ahead, but now his increasingly self-destructive behaviour and the sheer brutality of the new gang lords find Michael in a spiralling descent of fear and self-doubt.
KIll List (2011) Ben Wheatley
Eight months after a disastrous job in Kiev left him physically and mentally scarred, ex-soldier turned contract killer, Jay (Neil Maskell), is pressured by his partner, Gal (Michael Smiley), into taking a new assignment. As they descend into the dark and disturbing world of the contract, Jay begins to unravel once again – his fear and paranoia sending him deep into the heart of darkness.
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