Saturday 16 December 2017

Irish talent join Idris Elba behind the scenes on his directorial debut

Yardie. PIC: Studiocanal
Yardie. PIC: Studiocanal
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Luther star Idris Elba is shooting his directorial debut Yardie with the help of Irish talent.

IFTN reports that cinematographer John Conroy and sound mixer Robert Flanagan are on board for the shoot which takes place in London and Jamaica over two months.

Conroy has previously worked with Elba on Luther and he also worked on Penny Dreadful while Flanagan has worked on titles including Once and John Carney's Sing Street.

Yardie is an adaptation of Victor Headley's novel of the same name and stars Amil Ameen as young Jamacian D who arrives in London in the early 80s and discovers the man who murdered his brother a decade earlier. When his quest for justice explodes into a violent street war, he puts both himself and the lives of his loved ones in peril.

“I am interested in making human stories with characters that are either, full of grace or flawed,” said Elba.

“In ‘Yardie,’ the audience will see a film that hopefully means something to the people. I’m honored to able to shoot it in my hometown of London and as a guest in Jamaica.”

Elba will play a small supporting role while Stephen Graham also stars.

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