The main focus throughout the film is capturing the lifestyle and the problems of a young male living in a typical suburban community.
To set the mood for the overall film the audience are introduced to the young males hometown by the opening scene involving someone being randomly attacked on the street by 3 hooded lads. Its one continuous long shot down a path creating the general mood of how it feels while living in this town. The teenager is walking alone with his headphones in and doesn’t notice the 3 lads as he walks past a footpath junction. All three of them spot him and then all huddle up together behind him and put their hoods up. They sneak up to him where one guy stands in front and stops him from going any further. The guy turns around and then the scene finishes a split second before you see the guy get cracked in the face.
After the first scene cuts to black we are introduced to our main characters older brother. The first shot starts with a dark silhouetted close up of a male in his mid 20’s leaving a voice message on a phone to his younger brother about a little job he’s got to offer for him.
The main character has been struggling to find a job since he left school and has slowly been influenced by others around him to try other ways of making money. His brother is a small time drug dealer who is well known within the area for selling marijuana. He gives the chance for his younger brother to continue his graft while he is away apparently for business purposes.
The main character doesn’t agree with his brothers business but because of his situation being stuck with a job or no money he is easily persuaded to give it ago. Since his brother already has a large amount of customers it would be fairly easy for him to make money. All he would need to do is answer his brother’s phone and drop the bags off each person who would ask for one.
However because of the youth within his community it is easier to be taken advantage of and exploited by someone in the street for dealing. This leads to a lot of paranoia and anxiety considering there is a high chance of you being attacked/mugged even in broad daylight for no apparent reason. He knows the majority of his brothers customers so he feels slightly more comfortable about dropping off but there is always going to be some sketchy guys in a drug dealers contacts.
He agrees to get started straight away but his first task is too pick up the next ounce off a dealer to bag up and start distributing. As he is walking to go pick up he gets into a position where he has to go through an alleyway with a group of suspicious looking lads hanging out towards the end. He sees them all just chatting to each other and passing a joint. Curious he stares for a while and makes the decision that it’s probably best going a different way to go meet the dealer since he has got a lot of money on him.
The young man has never picked up a large quantity of marijuana before and is obviously nervous about exchanging a lot of money with somebody who he has never met. He walks up to a parked car where he has been told to meet his brother’s mate. Two guys are sitting in the car one in the front and one in the back. He walks up and gets into the car and shuts the door. The two guys stare at him for a few seconds and ask who the fuck he is. After telling them he’s his older brothers younger brother they start to act more comfortable around him and talk about the money. He is passed the ounce to him and he has a quick look at the buds in the bag. Him examines them and the other guy tells him how good of a strain it is.
The film then has a small section of the main character doing deliveries to multiple people in different ways in locations that his brother has dropped off too before. Showing his journey while meeting customers and making money. Half way through this scene we cut to a shot where his father screams at him in his bedroom and slams the door.
During one of his deliveries he bumps into one of his close mate who he hasn’t seen in a while. They start chatting and then ends up discussing his situation and why he has chosen to start dealing for his brother. After they’ve finished the conversation they start to walk away from each other but his friend stops him and asks if the rumours of his brother owing a lot of money out was true. It cuts to a close up of him at home in disbelief as he phones his brother up straight away to see what’s going on.
His brother discusses on the phone how he has fucked up and ended up owing out £1,000 to numerous amount of people and if he doesn’t pay it in the next 3 days he’s as good as dead. This is why he has had to leave town for a few days and said he has sorted a way to get some more money and he will be back soon.
This leads to him stressing out and opens up to his friends about being terrified in the position he has been put in. He has no idea who could come after him and feels that someone would get him as a warning for his brother. His mates aren’t stressed about it and tell him to calm down and look at the positive sides to it. He gets stressed out to the point he said he’s going stop dealing and just walked off home.
During his journey home he has to walk down the alley he usually avoids because it’s getting late but without noticing it he comes into contact with 4 sketchy looking lads all wearing black. He has seen them multiple times before but doesn’t actually know any of them. He is forced in talking to them because of being trapped within an alleyway. They give him a lot of threatening looks and whisper to each other after asking and finding out he is his brother’s younger brother. They ask if he has any weed on him and if they could buy some since they are apparently after £20’s worth of weed. Even though he is nervous and has just decided he is going to stop dealing for his brother he feels he is forced to go over and sell one because of how awkward the situation could be since they know he has clearly got some bags on him. The tension builds up as he slowly walks over and pulls out the bags of weed he has on him and then lets them have a look at the bags. It gets abit intense as he feels like something is about to kick off. The guys behind him start acting suspicious as the money is being exchanged and start talking to each other. After process of exchanging the money everything turned out to be cool. He starts walking off with I sigh of relieve but before he gets a chance to leave the alleyway he turns round after being shouted at by one of the hooded lads. He waves a knife in the air and threaten him saying they’ve got something for his brother and then laughs. He walks out of frame and then it cuts to black.
The film ends on the same location as the opening scene where the guy was walking alone with his headphones on getting mugged. It’s a one continuous shot of a guy getting beaten up as the credits are scrolling down. When the credits have finished one of the lads walks up and then starts on the camera too which the film then ends.
Written & Directed by: Ross Caldecott
Genre: Social Realism
Pre Production: 2nd March – 6th April
Production: 7th April – 20th April
Post Production: 21st April – 4th May
The films main focus is trying to represent particular social issues on drugs and crime that many teenagers and young adults have experienced or faced within their life while living in the United Kingdom. By portraying a similar lifestyle in the film of events to those who are living in a suburban town/city with a high rate of crime due to problems like the lack of support from parents and the government within the community.
Hopefully this film will be able to raise awareness of problems that are occurring throughout towns/cities around the UK and give the audience a new perspective on the problems and be aware of the situations that they have not experienced before.