Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Penny Woolcock (Tina Goes Shopping, The Death of Klinghoffer, Mischief Night) 1 DAY stars newcomers Dylan Duffus, Orhan Whyte, Yohance Watson and Tobias Duncan.
Flash (Duffus) wakes up to a phone call from Angel (Watson) announcing that he’s being released from prison and wants the £500k he’d left with Flash for safekeeping. Short of the full amount and pushed for time, Flash is forced to strike a deal with Evil (Duncan) who more than lives up to his name. 1 DAY follows Flash’s race against the clock as he’s pursued by a rival gang, the police, his three irate babymothers and his granny. Labled Britain’s first hip hop musical, 1 DAY boasts original music performed by the cast. The film mixes hip hop and grime tracks with gospel, reggae and spirituals providing a realistic, vibrant soundtrack to the story.
Filmed entirely on location on the inner-city streets of Birmingham, the film has utilized local talent both in front of and behind the camera, further enhancing the authenticity of the film. Penny Woolcock says: ‘Something terrible is happening to the young men in our inner cities. Boys are excluded from school; they then get bored and are easily drawn into street crime and drug dealing. Nobody cares that marginalised young black, asian or white men are killing each other. 1 DAY is a fiction not a documentary but it is telling a truth.’
1 Day is a Blast! Films production for Channel4 and Screen West Midlands - will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland by Vertigo Films on 4th September 2009.