Production Status: On DVD (UK)
Release Date: November 11, 2016 (UK)
Director: Jim O’Hanlon
Writers: Leon Butler
MPAA Rating: n/a
A Hundred Streets border and intersect the film’s setting in contemporary London. Chelsea squares back onto high-rise estates, riverside opulence contrasts the day to day grind. It’s in these streets that our cast of characters face major choices and change in their separate lives, as they negotiate their often inter-weaving existences.
Emily (Gemma Arterton) is a wife and a mother estranged from her husband Max (Idris Elba) an ex-Rugby superstar now struggling with life on the celebrity circuit and on the brink of losing the plot. Emily can only save him if first she can get her own life back on track.
Kingsley (Franz Drameh, Attack the Block, The Edge of Tomorrow) is a small time estate drug dealer living the all too familiar ‘robbing hood’. After striking up an unlikely friendship with ageing actor Terence, during Community Payback tidying the cemetery, he realises he must fulfil his bigger dreams.
Jahmal (Adam Bakri, Omar) is a rich playboy for whom money means nothing, but he gets more than he bargained for when a beautiful ex-girlfriend re-enters his life. A shocking decision under pressure sends him on the run.
George (Tom Cullen, Downton Abbey) is a cab driver who has hopes of becoming a father one day. His life is torn apart through no fault of his own, but with the love and support of his wife he finds the strength to face the world again.
These interconnecting stories paint a picture of a society where you are often loneliest within a crowd. As tension mounts, relationships are strained, loyalties are tested and violence erupts. Yet the underlying message of the film is one of hope; if you reach out to others, life is not a lonely struggle. With nods to both Crash and Amores Perros and inspired by London life, A Hundred Streets portrays modern city life in all its complexity and will resonate deeply with those who have lived it.
It’s not the first time that Elba and Arterton have worked together on the big screen — they both appeared in Guy Ritchie’s 2008 gangster film RocknRolla.
Gemma plays Emily, the estranged wife of Max played by Idris Elba, as well as being the mother of his two children.
When it comes to Idris Elba, Gemma says: “We’re a good match, me and Idris,” she says. “He’s real – a boy from Hackney – and we’re both completely no bulls***. We speak our minds.”
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