Best friends Timmy (Stephen Odubola) and Marco (Micheal Ward) go to the same high school in Peckham, but live in neighboring London boroughs (Peckham and Deptford). When Marco’s beaten up by one of Timmy’s primary school friends the two boys wind up on rival sides of a never-ending cycle of gang war in which there are no winners … only victims.
Blue Story is a 2019 British drama film written, directed, and narrated by Rapman (Andrew Onwubolu) through the medium of rap. The film is Rapman’s feature directorial debut and is based on his 2014 YouTube series of the same name.
The movie and the YouTube series are culled from events of Rapman’s own personal experiences growing up in Deptford, in the London Borough of Lewisham, and being sent to school in Peckham, in the London Borough of Southwark, thereby crossing gang-affiliated borders. The film depicts real life gangs Peckham Boys and Ghetto Boys.
- Starring : Stephen Odubola/ Micheal Ward
- Genre : Crime / Drama
- Country : United Kingdom
- Language : English
- Director : Rapman
- Production : BBC Films / DJ Films / Joi Productions / Paramount Pictures / WrushMedia
- Distributor : Paramount Pictures / Universal Pictures International (UPI)
Blue Story movie
Blue Story release date
- November 22, 2019 : UK
- November 22, 2019 : Ireland
- March 20, 2020 : USA
Blue Story cast
- Stephen Odubola as Timmy
- Micheal Ward as Marco
- Khali Best as Killy
- Karla-Simone Spence as Leah
- Eric Kofi-Abrefa as Switcher
- Kadeem Ramsay as Hakeem
- Junior Afolabi Salokun as Madder
- Rohan Nedd as Dwayne
- Sean Sagar as Skitzer
- Jo Martin as Marco’s Mum
- Tyler Andrew as Young Marco
- Tuwaine Barrett as Big T
- Joshua Blisset as Daps
- Richie Campbell as Tyrone
- Remi-Lawal Abiola as Student
Rapman and BBC Films developed and co-financed Blue Story. In late 2018 Paramount Pictures bought worldwide distribution rights for the film. Damian Jones (of DJ Films) and Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor produced the film with Rose Garnett and Eva Yates of BBC Films; Charles Moore and Paul Grindey of Viewfinder, and Rapman were executive producers. Principal photography took place on February 28, 2019. Rapman’s previous work includes the YouTube trilogy Shiro’s Story.
The film had a budget of £1.3 million and was primarily shot in the London Borough of Enfield after Lewisham and other London boroughs refused to allow shooting, due to instructions from the office of the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan. The film director says no one at the mayor’s office had actually read the script.
Blue Story was short-listed alongside nine other films by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for the category of outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer but did not make it in the final nominations. Micheal Ward has won the EE BAFTA Rising Star award for his notable performance in the movie.
On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 92%, based on 12 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10.
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