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Written by Ivan Radford   
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 22:10
Director: Penny Woolcock
Cast: Dylan Duffus, Yohance Watson
Certificate: TBC

Life on the streets is tough - you might get shot at any time. And people do, every day. Not that we hear about it. We just hear about the one innocent white kid who got caught in the middle. 1 Day tells the tale of the others. Flash (Duffus) is a dealer with a good life. He has a family, several babymothers, and connections all round. But when Angel (Watson), lead man of the Old Street crew, comes out of prison early, Flash has a problem - he owes Angel £100k. He doesn't have it. What he does have, is 24 hours.

Shot in and around Birmingham, Penny's portrayal of life is hard-hitting and exciting. Harnessing the talent found on the city's streets, her cast consists of first-timers, all of whom are genuine and energetic to watch. Bursting into rap whenever the moment suits, the cast pop rhymes to the beats on their phone, turning this into the world's first grime musical. It sounds like an original idea. It is. And it works, most of the time.

From Flash's three babymothers to his formidabble granny, 1 Day switches from shootouts to songs without pause. Bitching about their boyfriend over the phone, lyrics like "Hell No" are clever and catchy; darkly comic in places, this is a script completely at home with what it wants to be. There's even a brilliant discussion about evolution and the big bang - it's hilariously out of sync with the shooting and swearing, but somehow it slots right in.

Co-created by Dylan Duffus and Woolcock, this colourful project comes across as realistic. Casting friends and family in supporting roles, the sense of community is well fleshed out. Some of the lines may be hard to get, and some of the songs seem a bit forced, but overall its an impressive and outstanding British feature. Like Adulthood. But better.


Different, surprising, shocking, superb. 1 Day is a great use of real talent

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