Shifty, a gritty new urban thriller set in London and charting an
action packed 24 hours in the life of a young Asian crack cocaine
dealer, will begin filming on 6 August continuing for three weeks on
location in Borehamwood.
It’s the second film to be funded by
Film London’s micro-budget feature film fund which provides
London-based film-makers up to �75,000 of direct funding with a unique
professional mentoring programme from leading industry figures
including director Asif Kapadia (The Warrior) and producer/writer Peter
Ettedgui (Kinky Boots).
Starring Riz Ahmed in the title role the
screenplay charts an action packed 24 hours in the life of a young
Asian crack cocaine dealer. The sudden return home of his best friend
sets in motion a chain of events which sees Shifty�s life quickly
spiral out of control.
Stalked by a customer desperate to score
at all costs and with his family about to turn their back on him for
good, Shifty must outrun and outsmart a rival drug dealer, played by
Jason Flemyng (Layer Cake), intent on setting him up for a big fall.
his long time friend Chris, played by Daniel Mays (Atonement),
confronts the dark past he left behind him, Shifty is forced to face up
to the violent future he�s hurtling towards. BAFTA-nominee and
acclaimed stage and screen actress Francesca Annis (Revolver, The
Libertine) also stars.
The film is set for a commercial release
ahead of a BBC screening. Film London is the capital’s film and media
agency and is funded by the UK Film Council and the London Development