County Lines (15)
The film stars Conrad Khan, Ashley Madekwe and Harris Dickinson. It is a vivid and moving coming-of-age film about a struggling mum (Ashley Madekwe) and her 14-year-old son Tyler (Conrad Khan) who is groomed and recruited by Simon (Harris Dickinson) into a lethal drug-selling network – a ‘county line’ that exploits vulnerable children and puts them to work nationwide.
Writer/director Henry Blake based the film on his own experience; he has been a youth worker for 11 years and was first exposed to county lines back in 2015 while working in an East London PRU (a Pupil Referral Unit for children excluded from attending mainstream school). His first-hand knowledge from working with young people already taking part or at real risk of county lines exploitation, has enabled him to create an authentic film that beautifully captures the harsh reality so many vulnerable young people are going through all over the UK
We are delighted that Henry Blake will be joining us to introduce the 5pm screening on the 22nd November and stay for a Q&A after the film. He will also introduce the 7:30pm screening on the 22nd.
Director: Henry Blake
Cast: Conrad Khan, Ashley Madekwe, Harris Dickinson
Running Time: 90 minutes