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Kidulthood 2005 15

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Menhaj Huda

Noel Clarke and Menhaj Huda breathed new life into the urban youth story with their explosive 2005 film, which influenced an entire cycle of gritty London-set sagas. Charting the disreputable conduct of a disenfranchised, racially mixed group of West London teens over the course of a single day, Kidulthood manages to encompass a torrent of tabloid-baiting issues into one narrative, including pregnancy, drugs, gun crime, pregnancy, prostitution, bullying and suicide.

But Clarke’s funny and witty script transcends any hint of soap-opera melodramatics, while Huda keeps events rolling at a cracking pace. An ensemble cast of young talents would go on to further successes (Rafe Spall, Jaime Winstone), but it was Clarke himself who really made a name for himself, establishing his own cinematic brand with the two subsequent ‘hood sequels which he directed himself.

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Directed by

Menhaj Huda


Jaime Winstone

Femi Oyeniran

Noel Clarke




Black Star Black British Filmmaking


15 Contains strong violence, language, sex references and drug use




United Kingdom

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