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#1 Post by AYBG » Wed Sep 05, 2012 11:45 am

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Directed by Sally El Hosaini
Starring: James Floyd, Fady Elsayed and Saïd Taghmaoui

Plot: Two teenage brothers must face their prejudices head on if they are to survive the perils of being young, British Arabs on the streets of gangland London.

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My Brother The Devil (2012)

#2 Post by filmcat » Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:20 am

This movie was fantastic. A roller-coaster of emotions and some surprises. The characters were so well acted and believable.


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Sally El Hosaini (writer/director) is somebody to watch. She could be the female equivalent of Noel Clarke. (apparently the film is going to be included in the London Film Festival)
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Re: My Brother The Devil (2012)

#3 Post by kevinknapman » Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:32 am

filmcat wrote:She could be the female equivalent of Noel Clarke.
God I hope not (have you seen the trailer for The Knot?). Hopefully she'll be much better than that. Just as this is much better than the likes of Kidulthood and Adulthood. I thought this was a very strong effort with some really impressive performances. Also did a good job at keeping you on your toes as to where the story was going. Really well directed too, which bodes well for El Hosaini's future. Which will hopefully not include writing the kind of simplistic drivel that Clarke is now apparently concentrating on.
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#4 Post by valda » Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:11 pm

I really enjoyed this as well. When the Q&A started, I was really surprised to see it was directed by a woman, but for a first time, I thought she was excellent. the cast I think were mainly locals, and not actors, which brought a realness to the film. the lad who played Mo, it was his first film and he was so good in the joint lead - its great that both he and Sally are nominated as Best Newcomer or something like tha for the BFI Festival.

My only problem was that I'd recently watched A Touch of Cloth, so the 'street talk' made me chuckle :red: :shifty: .
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#5 Post by kevinknapman » Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:00 pm

I received a tweet from James Floyd who plays Rash after I mentioned it yesterday.

Apparently I have to tell the universe about the film. Quite a tall order.
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Re: My Brother The Devil (2012)

#6 Post by ejwrank » Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:28 pm

kevinknapman wrote:I received a tweet from James Floyd who plays Rash after I mentioned it yesterday.

Apparently I have to tell the universe about the film. Quite a tall order.

Well you have made a start, kevinknapman, by telling FMUK.

I was also at Haymarket last night and the film was impressive. Amazed to hear the director say that the budget was under £1 million. I couldn't understand all of the dialogue (even though I live in Hackney!) but it was so well acted with lots of newcomers and certainly deserves a good release. That seems possible now that it has been included in The London Film Festival.
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Re: My Brother The Devil (2012)

#7 Post by jeanelle » Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:27 pm

I thought this was very good as well. Excellent acting and an interesting portrayal of the relationship between the brothers.
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Re: My Brother The Devil (2012)

#8 Post by tomorrow72 » Sat Sep 08, 2012 2:12 pm

What a gem of a film - the best real "street film" by non-actors I have seen so far. Great storylines and mixed emotions. Would never have thought it was directed by a half Egyptian woman - definitely see it if you havent. Release in November I think.

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#9 Post by soonforgotten » Sun Nov 04, 2012 9:18 pm

Put together a full write-up for this as it definitely deserves some support for its opening weekend. A fantastic debut for Sally El Hosaini.

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