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My Brother The Devil

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Sally El Hosaini looks at London's youth culture in this gangland drama

‘No guts no glory’ trumpets a gym poster in My Brother The Devil.

That might as well be this plucky film’s motto, first-timer Sally El Hosaini’s gorgeously shot gangland drama taking unexpected risks as it follows Rashid (James Floyd) and Mo (Fady Elsayed), siblings whose lives are dictated by London street crime.

Lensed on location during the Hackney riots, My Brother The Devil has El Hosaini lifting the lid on a world of fractured masculinity and directionless youth.

Her film is superbly performed, frequently surprising and bracingly authentic, gently (and boldly) unpicking gang-movie clichés.

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