Idris Elba steps behind the camera for the first time with this adaptation of Victor Headley’s popular novel of the same name, tapping in to a community, and culture, seldom explored on the silver screen.
This is the story of a Jamaican hoodlum Dennis Campbell (Aml Ameen), affectionately known as ‘D’, who is sent to London for his own safety and jumps from the frying pan into the fire, as he ends up being embroiled in the London drug scene. In his feature debut, Elba shows some promise that he’ll be as good behind the camera as he is in front of it.
The strongest section of ‘Yardie’ is that set in Kingston, Jamaica, where we experience the messy world of D though the strong, vibrant colour palette of DoP John Conroy’s cinematography and the hustle and bustle of an excellent, reggae-inspired soundtrack.
19 October screening with an introduction by Mike Jennings, lead trustee education