My Brother the Devil

James Floyd and Fady Elsayed Image: copyright David Raedeker

“Mo and Rashid aren’t symbols for bigger concepts as Arab characters often end up. They are just boys. British boys.” — Sally El Hosaini, indieWIRE

Year: 2012
Country: UK
Running time: 111 mins
Censor Rating: R16 - violence, offensive language, drug use, sex scenes

Screenplay: Sally El Hosaini
Producers: Gayle Griffiths, Julia Godzinskaya, Michael Sackler
Photography: David Raedeker
Editor: Iain Kitching
Production designer: Stéphane Collonge
Costume designer: Rob Nicholls
Music: Stuart Earl
CinemaScope/HDCAM

With: James Floyd (Rashid), Fady Elsayed (Mo), Saïd Taghmaoui (Sayyid), Aymen Hamdouchi (Repo), Ashley Bashy Thomas (Lenny), Anthony Welsh (Izzi), Arnold Oceng (Aj), Letitia Wright (Aisha), Amira Ghazalla (Hanan)

Festivals: Sundance, Berlin 2012

Short film Suni Man (M, contains offensive language) to play prior to feature.

There’s a distinct sensitivity to Sally El Hosaini’s tale of gangsta brothers that she attributes in part to her gender: it’s easier to delve behind the macho fronts when you’re not presenting one of your own.

“Welsh- Egyptian Sally El Hosaini’s crackling debut feature slyly deceives us into believing it’s a familiar street-gang story of fraternal bonds destined to be broken by crime. But midway through this propulsive, stylishly shot drama set in an East London ‘hood, sexual awakening rears its head. That adds entirely fresh layers to the film’s exploration of codes of masculinity, cultural roots and environmental conditioning… While on the surface, this is a variation on boyz-in-the-‘hood dramatic staples, the film is rooted in anglicized Arab culture yet universally accessible in its reflections on identity issues. It’s a very promising debut – slick, muscular, entertaining and emotionally satisfying.” — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

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