London, August 1st 2014: Idris Elba (THE WIRE, LUTHER, MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM) and Gemma Arterton (QUANTUM OF SOLACE, CLASH OF THE TITANS, HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS) star in A Hundred Streets, a layered and gripping drama, which takes a fresh look at the vibrant and compelling life of residents in contemporary London – destination capital of the world. Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Jim O’Hanlon directs (HOUSE OF SADDAM, EMMA).
‘A Hundred Streets’ border and intersect the film’s setting in contemporary London. Chelsea squares back onto high-rise estates, riverside opulence contrasts the day to day grind. It’s in these streets that our cast of characters face major choices and change in their separate lives, as they negotiate their often inter-weaving existences.
Emily (Gemma Arterton) is a wife and a mother estranged from her husband Max (Idris Elba) an ex-Rugby superstar now struggling with life on the celebrity circuit and on the brink of losing the plot. Emily can only save him if first she can get her own life back on track.
Kingsley (Franz Drameh, ATTACK THE BLOCK,THE EDGE OF TOMORROW) is a small time estate drug dealer living the all too familiar ‘robbing hood’. After striking up an unlikely friendship with ageing actor Terence, during Community Payback tidying the cemetery, he realises he must fulfil his bigger dreams.
Jahmal (Adam Bakri, OMAR) is a rich playboy for whom money means nothing, but he gets more than he bargained for when a beautiful ex-girlfriend re-enters his life. A shocking decision under pressure sends him on the run.
George is a cab driver who has hopes of becoming a father one day. His life is torn apart through no fault of his own, but with the love and support of his wife he finds the strength to face the world again.
These interconnecting stories paint a picture of a society where you are often loneliest within a crowd. As tension mounts, relationships are strained, loyalties are tested and violence erupts. Yet the underlying message of the film is one of hope; if you reach out to others, life is not a lonely struggle. With nods to both Crash and Amores Perros and inspired by London life, A Hundred Streets portrays modern city life in all its complexity and will resonate deeply with those who have lived it.
A HUNDRED STREETS is written by Leon Butler and directed by Jim O’Hanlon. Producers are Pippa Cross, Leon Butler, Carl F Pauwels, Farah Durrani, Idris Elba and Ros Hubbard. It is a Silverstream and One Square Mile presentation in association with uMedia Entertainment, of a Silverstream, West Fiction Films and CrossDay production in association with What’s the Story and Green Door Pictures. International sales are by uMedia Entertainment.